The Verden Separate School
Take a journey back in time to a rural, early 1900s African American one-room schoolhouse. The Verden Separate School, located in Chickasha, is a rare, 100-year-old historic school that still retains its original floors and walls. Known as "a room with a vision," this schoolhouse was constructed by Allen Toles, a black farmer that built it on his farm for his children and other African American youth to attend.
The Verden Separate School was constructed in 1910 near Verden before being re-located to nearby Chickasha in 2004. In 2005, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since then, the school has been preserved and restored as an important part of early Grady County and Oklahoma African American history. The stories passed down by ancestors of students of this schoolhouse include tales of agricultural work and education during that time period. Admission is free; however, donations are appreciated.