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Join The Alliance and The City of Vernon in unveiling a mural celebrating local legend and longtime business owner Harvey Dean “The Tamale King.” The event will be Saturday, June 19th, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. The mural is located at the corner of Main and Wilbarger Streets, where Mr. Dean was an ever-present fixture for more than 4 decades. The unveiling will kick off a day of Juneteenth celebrations in Vernon.

Born in 1902 in Corsicana, TX, Dean sold thousands of tamales to Vernon residents from 1927 to 1972. His success as an entrepreneur enabled him to put three children through college. Dean retired to Arizona in 1972 and lived there for four years. In 1977, Dean and his wife Mattie moved to Gallup, New Mexico where they resided until his death at the age of 81.

This mural is the second Art in Public Places sponsored by the Alliance in Vernon.