Paducah in McCracken County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Grave of John T. Scopes / Scopes “Monkey Trial”
Grave of John T. Scopes
Here is buried the man who, at age 24, taught Darwin's theory of evolution to a Dayton, Tennessee, biology class. The Paducah native and University of Kentucky graduate violated a Tennessee law forbidding the teaching of evolution. This test case, tried in Dayton, gained international attention. Popular play, "Inherit the Wind," is based on the famous Scope trial. Over.
Scopes "Monkey Trial"
The July 1925 trial of John T. Scopes had at issue academic freedom, separation of church and state, and reconciling of science and religion. Scope's defender was Clarence Darrow: his prosecutor, William Jennings Bryan. Scopes was convicted and fined $100. Later worked as geologist in S. America and La. Law he violated repealed in 1967. Scopes died, 1970. Over.
Erected 1981 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1698.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 37° 5.14′ N, 88° 37.175′ W. Marker is in Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken County. Marker is at the intersection of Park Avenue (Business Click for map. Located at the entrance to Oak Grove Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1613 Park Avenue, Paducah KY 42001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dr. Reuben Saunders (1808-1891) (within shouting distance of this marker); Irvin S. Cobb (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chief Paduke (approx. half a mile away); Forrest's Headquarters (approx. half a mile away); Wacinton (approx. 0.9 miles away); Grace Episcopal (approx. 0.9 miles away); Broadway Methodist (approx. one mile away); "Duke of Paducah" (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Paducah.
Also see . . .
1. John T. Scopes. Find a Grave (Submitted on September 16, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
2. Scopes Trial. Wikipedia (Submitted on September 16, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Civil Rights • Education • Science & Medicine •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 722 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. 3. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on January 6, 2017.
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