Vernon, which was established in 1911 in what is now McIntosh County, Oklahoma, was named for Bishop W. T. Vernon of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Vernon was the site of one of the first Rosenwald schools in Oklahoma.
In 1912, activist, educator and author Booker T. Washington approached Sears philanthropist Julius Rosenwald to help him with a project to build rural schools for African American children. That partnership eventually created thousands of schools and vocational shops across 15 states in the South and Southwest until 1932.
For many years, the town was a vibrant faming community. Vernon’s ‘Rock Front”, which started as a post office and later became a grocery store, tavern and pool hall, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.