Annual commemoration of Clarence Darrow takes place Monday, March 13

The 79 annual Clarence Darrow commemoration ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, March 13, at Darrow Bridge in Jackson Park.

Special guest speakers at the Darrow Bridge include Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), activist Bernardine Dohrn, ACLU of Illinois Associate Legislative Director Khadine Bennett and Gene Winkler, adjunct faculty at the University of Chicago Divinity School. John A. Farrell is the author of “Clarence Darrow: Attorney For The Damned,” a biography of America’s greatest defense attorney will speak on how today’s take on populism compares to the populism of Darrow.

This year, since the bridge is closed due to construction, the ceremony will be just to the east of the Darrow tribute marker. After the ritual outdoor wreath-tossing, guests will move inside to the Rosenwald Room (formerly the Columbian Room) at the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., for light refreshments and presentations at 10:45 a.m. 

Darrow, who died March 13, 1938, is remembered for his crusading role as “attorney for the damned” in such controversial cases as the Scopes Monkey Trial, the Leopold and Loeb murder case, and the pardoning of the Haymarket anarchists. 

DIRECTIONS: Driving south on Lake Shore Drive, pass the light at 57th Drive and turn right at the next light [Science Drive]. You will come almost immediately to Columbia Drive. If you turn left and follow Columbia Drive there is metered parking near the bridge. You may park at meters near the OmniMax Theater and walk south to the bridge. 
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