Scopes Trial spectator and daughter to participate in History Within Us
Published: 4:35 PM, 07/16/2013
Last updated: 4:35 PM, 07/16/2013
Source: The Herald-News
Beverly Wilson and daughter, Juana Wilson-Roberts, will be participating in The History Within Us session on Saturday, July 20, beginning at 10 a.m. in the general sessions courtroom of the Rhea County Courthouse. Wilson, who was a 7-year old during the trial, will share her stories of dancing the Charleston for guests at the Aqua Hotel and meeting Clarence Darrow when he visited her home.
Numerous individuals will recall memories shared through their families. Friends and family of trial participants, D.A. Tom Stewart, F.E. Robinson, Ben and Gordon McKenzie, John R. Neal, William Davis Smith, Dr. Walter Thomison and Crawford Reed will tell how Dayton sought to host the test case for the Butler Act, how the town planned for the trial and the roles of their family members in the historic event. “Planning this activity has allowed me to meet many people whose families have helped to keep Dayton’s history alive by telling the next generation about the events of 1925,” said Rebecca Tucker, coordinator of the event. The public is invited to come to hear the stories from Wilson and others.