Evolution and Creationism in Kentucky

Eugenie C. Scott

Evolution and Creationism in Kentucky

Eugenie C. Scott
September 13, 2017

Jacob Science Building 121
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY 40506

A popular science event; free and open to the public.

In the 1920s, many states considered passage of antievolution laws. The law leading to Tennessee's famous 1925 Scopes Trial is the best known of these, but such legislation actually first was proposed in Kentucky. However, Kentucky scientists vigorously protested such laws, and the legislature backed down. Antievolutionism in Kentucky did not go away after the Scopes Trial, of course, and has manifested itself in many ways. In 1980-81, the Fayette County Public Schools Board of Education was approached by a citizens group promoting the teaching of creation science; the protracted struggle over what should be taught presaged battles to take place in communities all over the nation regarding state department of education policies, and the recent appearance of recreational facilities promoting creationism.