The Dawg and Missus Dawg recently drove through the little town of Dayton, Tennessee, the site of one of the most famous courtroom battles of the 20th Century. We were delighted to find that the courtroom where Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan argued over the Bible, Darwin, God, evolution and the science curriculum is still intact. Furthermore, there is a wonderful little museum in the basement of the courthouse, recounting the famous story.
It’s pretty clear that the locals are still on Bryan’s side on this one. The museum makes a big point of the fact that the movie, Inherit the Wind, is a HOLLYWOOD version of the truth, which has LITTLE BASIS IN FACT! Nevertheless, it’s a great movie, starring Spencer Tracy, Fredric March and Gene Kelly.
Here is a picture of a part of the sidewalk outside of the Dayton County Courthouse, recounting the history of the county.
DAWG BONE: IF YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO GO TO DAYTON, TENNESSEE, GO BY THE MUSEUM!