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Clarence S. Darrow (center) standing near Rhea County Courthouse with unidentified man (left) and Gordon McKenzie (right), Dayton, Tennessee, probably July 20, 1925.

Creator/Photographer: William Silverman


Type: Photographs


Date: 1925


Image ID: 2009-21078


Description: The morning of July 20, 1925, promised to be one of the month’s hottest. Legal fireworks were also expected in the courtroom. On Friday, July 17, Judge John T. Raulston had threatened to cite Darrow for contempt. Darrow is holding a Chattanooga newspaper describing the episode, and he is probably about to enter the courthouse, where he would apologize before proceeding with the defense of John Thomas Scopes.


Contained in: Acc. 10-042, William Silverman Photographs, 1925


Place: USA


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Repository:Smithsonian Institution Archives


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