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Vernon Cemetery serves as the final resting place for some notable people.
Wilbur Shaw is one of the greatest race car drivers in history. In addition to winning the Indianapolis 500 in 1937, 1939 and 1940, he had several other top ten finishes. He is also credited for persuading Anton "Tony" Hulman to purchase and revive the Indianapolis Motor Speedway following the Second World War. He was serving as president of the Speedway at the time of his death in a 1954 plane crash.
Pat O'Connor was a one of the premier American racing drivers of the fifties. He won the pole position at Indianapolis in 1957. One of the pre-race favorites in 1958, he lost his life during the multi-car first lap crash that year.
Jim Hemmings was a local race driver whose promising future was tragically interrupted by an accident in 1962.
William Harmon was a member of the 1941 Indiana High School basketball
champion team at Washington, Indiana High School. He later established
one of Indiana's most successful African-American business ventures at
North Vernon. His brother and Washington High School teammate, Charles
"Chuck" Harmon, was the first African-American to play for the
Cincinnati Reds. His son Bill was an outstanding basketball player at
Jennings County High School and the University of Louisville, and now a
successful North Vernon businessman. His grandson Willie is currently an
excellent basketball player at Jennings County High School.
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