Tennessee vs. John Scopes "Monkey Trial": outdoor trial showing William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow, Dayton, Tennessee

ID: SIA RU007091 [SIA2007-0123]

Creator: Davis, Watson 1896-1967

Form/Genre: Black-and-white photographs

Date: 1925

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7091, Science Service Records, Image No. SIA2007-0123

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Judge John T. Raulston moved the trial proceedings outdoors to a temporary platform erected near the Rhea County Courthouse due to the stifling heat in the courtroom. When defense attorney Clarence Darrow (standing at right) began his interrogation of the chief prosecution lawyer, William Jennings Bryan (seated to the left), the crowd of observers fell silent. Defense lawyers for John Thomas Scopes, John R. Neal, Arthur Garfield Hays, and Dudley Field Malone, can be seen sitting to the right. Behind the court reporters at the table, with his back to the camera, in the left front, is the defendant, John Thomas Scopes.


  • Bryan, William Jennings 1860-1925
  • Darrow, Clarence 1857-1938
  • Hays, Arthur Garfield 1881-1954
  • Malone, Dudley Field 1880-
  • Neal, John Randolph 1876-1959
  • Raulston, John T
  • Scopes, John Thomas
  • Scopes, John Thomas Trials, litigation, etc


See also number 7091Davis17

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7091, Science Service Records, Image No. SIA2007-0123

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  • 1925
  • July 20, 1925

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Dayton (Tenn.)


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SIA RU007091 [SIA2007-0123]

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