Play based on Scopes trial ending 20-year run

Play based on Scopes trial ending 20-year run


DAYTON (AP) -- The long-running play "Inherit the Truth," based on the 1925 Tennessee trial of school teacher John Scopes will end after this summer's performances.

The famous "monkey trial" in Dayton convicted Scopes of violating state statute by teaching evolution in biology class.

The Tennessee Supreme Court overturned the verdict on a technicality a year later.

The trial pitted attorneys William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow against each other.

Bryan College was founded in the prosecuting attorney's honor.

College spokesman Tom Davis told the Chattanooga Times Free Press "something will be lost" with the play being retired and the Scopes Festival ending because of waning support.

Thousands of people have seen the re-enactment play over the two decades it was performed.

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