Daytona pays tribute to first Black mayor

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Yvonne Scarlett-Golden birthday tribute
Above are the participants in the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden birthday tribute. Participants included family members sharing memories and a performance by the Destructive Diamond Dancers.
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Area residents were treated to tributes, music and cake on Saturday during a birthday celebration in honor of Yvonne Scarlett-Golden, Daytona Beach’s first Black mayor.

The City of Daytona Beach hosted the Black History Month event at the building that bears her name, the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural & Educational Center, located at 1000 Vine St.

The event, which included attendance by her family members, friends and colleagues, was held on the former mayor’s actual birthday. She was born on Feb. 1, 1926 in Daytona Beach.

Solace Curinton focuses on NASA legend Katherine Johnson while Carlie  Collins portrays Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune at the tribute.
Solace Curinton focuses on NASA legend Katherine Johnson while Carlie Collins portrays Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune at the tribute.

She served four terms as a city commissioner for Zone 5 before being elected mayor in 2003. She died in 2006 at age 80.

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