Howard Gale Byrd, Charles Francis Potter, with Byrd\'s Children John and Lillian, in Front of Byrd\'s Parsonage in Dayton, Tennessee
Jul, 1925
Charles Francis Potter was a Unitarian minister, theologian and author who over the course of many years changed from an evangelical Baptist to a radical Humanist. Potter was a Bible expert for Clarence Darrow and the defense during the Scopes trial. Potter also gave the opening prayer one morning of the trial. Howard Gale Byrd was the pastor of the Dayton Methodist Episcopal Church and also of the slightly more conservative Five Points Methodist Episcopal Church. Byrd resigned from the Dayton Methodist Episcopal Church when some of his congregation objected to a proposed sermon by Charles Francis Potter that Potter and George Rappleyea advertized with flyers as being about evolution. From the Smithsonian Institution.