Interview: Why Zenos Frudakis Made a Monumental Contribution at the Scopes Trial Site

Jul 25, 2018

Zenos Frudakis created this bronze, life-size statue of Clarence Darrow, which sits on the Rhea County Courthouse lawn. It's the site of Darrow's most famous trial, the Scopes Trial, in which he debated evolution with William Jennings Bryan.
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In this interview, I'm speaking with a Philadelphia sculptor who brought Clarence Darrow back to Tennessee--back to the site of the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial. In July of 1925, Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan fought in court over whether it should be legal for public schools to teach evolution.

Darrow fought for science. Bryan fought for faith.

It was one of the most famous 20th-century trials; the first-ever broadcast on national radio, and continues to bring tourists to the Tennessee courthouse where it took place. For many years, a statue of Bryan stood alone on the courthouse lawn. But Philadelphia sculptor Zenos Frudakis decided that was unbalanced, and a statue of Clarence Darrow should be there too.