Wyandotte residents will have the chance to get out and enjoy the first-ever 913 Day celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 5 to 8 p.m. at The Vernon School.

This area code holiday was established in 2020, and was started by Earnest Jackson, Samuel Lockridge, and Kendon McClaine. 

Sheyvette Dinkens, planning chair for 913 Day, said it’s a celebration of all great things in Wyandotte county. 

One of the main events includes a tour of The Quindaro Ruins, an historical abolitionist town that helped escaped slaves cross into Kansas from  Missouri where slavery was legal. 

913 Day wants to promote different businesses, meaning specials from retailers and restaurants throughout Wyandotte county offer $9.13 deals

She said 913 Day is excited to promote the businesses and will provide a digital map on the 913 Day website showing the specials and what time they are offered.

913 Day will have vendors and entertainment celebration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Vernon School located at 3436 North 27th St, Kansas City, KS. 

It was one of the first African American schools in Kansas City, Kansas, and closed in 1971.

Kids can enjoy playing in bouncy houses, face paintings, snow cones and balloon artists.

The event will include live entertainment and Dinkens said she still needs a few more entertainers to fill up the event.  “We’re looking for diverse acts to be able to support the event,” She said.

“This proclamation is important and we want to continue the vision of the three young men who went to the Unified Government to provide this resource in celebration of Wyandotte county,” she said.

Dinkens said 913 Day hopes people will learn more about the community and visit different areas like the Strawberry Hill, Legends, Argentine and Bonner.

For more information contact:

info@913Day.org or call (785)-383-7084

Simone Garza was a reporter in our Kansas City office. In addition to general reporting on Kansas City’s African-American community, she reports on economic inclusion for the African American community....