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Heather Scoville

The Smithsonian Institute Releases Scopes Trial Photos

By July 9, 2011

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This past week, the Smithsonian Institute updated their Flickr stream. The update was the first time 25 photos from the Scopes "Monkey" Trial were released to the public. The photos show a group of media members and scientists who were supporters of John Scopes, the substitute school teacher who was accused of teaching evolution in Tennessee in 1925.

The pictures were found by author Marcel LaFollette in 2005. They have now been added to the Smithsonian Institute's archive and released for public viewing on the internet.

July 10-21 marks the 86th anniversary of the Scopes Trial. Public education has come a long way in that time, but there is still a long way to go before evolution is fully accepted as a necessary part of science education.

Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Archives


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