Courthouse Visit

8th Grade Trip to Town of Pelham Courthouse

8th Grade students conducted a mock trial at the Town of Pelham Courthouse. Judge John P. Gardner presided over the trial and also explained the policies and procedures of the court. This field trip was a culmination of the English classes reading of the play, "Inherit the Wind". The plot of Inherit the Wind is a fictionalized version of an actual trial that took place in 1926: the Scopes ''Monkey'' Trial, in which a small town science teacher, John T. Scopes, was convicted for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution to his class, which was against the law at that time in Tennessee.