Yvonne Scarlett-Golden center to open June 8 with ceremony, tour


The doors of the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural and Educational Center officially will open June 8 with a special ceremony.

Yvonne Scarlett-Golden
Yvonne Scarlett-Golden

Daytona Beach’s Leisure Services Director Percy Williamson told the Daytona Times this week that the center will open at 9 a.m. with a program.

The first Black mayor’s family members have been invited, including her brothers – Carlton and Donald Scarlett, both who still live in Daytona Beach.

Wanda Only, one of  Scarlett-Golden’s granddaughters, who was named executor of the estate,  is scheduled to participate in the program.

Saturday grand opening
Williamson said that after the program, the community will have an opportunity to tour the new facility and meet some of the people who will oversee programs in the building, which is tentatively scheduled to be open Monday through Saturday.

He said the city purposely scheduled the grand opening on a Saturday so more people in the community can attend the celebration.
The new center is located at 1000 Vine St.

The one-story building includes a courtyard in the center showcasing an open-air amphitheater.

There are plans for a library; a gym; small theater; reading center; studios for photography, computer animation and painting; spaces for art and dance classes; rooms to learn about ecology, zoology and biology; after-school programs and homework assistance; and a permanent historic exhibit featuring memorabilia celebrating Scarlett-Golden and the neighborhood.



  1. My name is Sharon Washington I met Ms Yvonne just before her passing 2006. I have been blessed and encouraged by her presence. I went on to write and publish my first novel because of her inspiration and strength. I would like to offer up my help in this center. I write theatrical plays and I am a spoken word poetry entertainer lavettehardaway/youtube


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