"How It Started" At This Year's Scopes Festival
The Scopes Festival returns this weekend to Dayton, Tennessee.
The annual gathering commemorates the July 1925 trial in Dayton of John Scopes, a high school teacher accused of violating a Tennessee law that barred the teaching of evolution in public schools.
The trial at the Rhea County Courthouse drew national attention - and lured national names of the time to Dayton: William Jennings Bryan, Clarence Darrow and H.L. Mencken.
Last year, the Scopes Festival - which in the past featured a play reenacting the trial in the same courtroom where the actual trial took place - was canceled due to the pandemic.
This year’s festival - on Saturday in Dayton - will present a new play in that courtroom: “How It Started.”
Rick Dye has been involved with the Festival for some 26 years - and this will be his eighth year portraying Clarence Darrow.