Video Release: Virginia S. Tillett Community Center Dedication Ceremony

The family of Virginia Tillett stand with the Dare County Board of Commissioners on the steps in front of the Virginia S. Tillett Community Center.

Dare County released video of the building’s groundbreaking ceremony held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2022, to officially celebrate the Dare County Center’s renaming to the Virginia S. Tillett Community Center . To view the video on the Dare County YouTube channel, please click the button below.

Tillett, a longtime Outer Banks community leader and former elected official who died October 7, 2021, was instrumental in developing the multi-generational facility which was designed to offer a variety of programs, activities and resources to Dare County citizens of all ages. .

“We needed a multi-generational facility here on Roanoke Island,” Tillett said in an interview with Current TV in April 2021, following the North Carolina Black Alliance’s announcement that she had been selected as the recipient of the organization’s 2021 Trailblazer Awards for Countless Contributions. that she had brought to the Dare County community in her more than 30 years of public service. “I was convinced – after spending a lot of time with my grandmother – that old people and young people could come together and learn from each other. So we wanted that kind of setup for our center here, and I’m happy with the result.

The multigenerational facility, which Tillett referred to in the April 2021 interview as his “pride and joy,” officially opened at 950 Marshall C. Collins Drive in Manteo on October 19, 2009 and features a range of programs, activities and resources to Dare County citizens of all ages.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony held May 12, 2022 to celebrate the facility’s official renaming as the Virginia S. Tillett Community Center featured a series of remarks from several individuals, including the Chairman of the Board of Dare County Commissioners Bob Woodard; North Carolina Senator Valerie Foushee, who is also president of the North Carolina Black Alliance; Lynda Hester, Chair of the Virginia S. Tillett Community Center Advisory Board; Dare County School Board Member Frank Hester; local community leader Laverna Brooks; Beulah Ashby, a close friend of Tillett; and Sandy Pace, director of the Virginia S. Tillett Community Center.

Remarks were also made by Betty Jo Shepheard, a field representative for North Carolina Senator Richard Burr, who was unable to attend the dedication ceremony. During his remarks, Shepheard read a letter written by Senator Burr before presenting Tillett’s two sons, Johnny Tillett and Michael Tillett, and his granddaughter, Maya Tillett, with an American flag that had flown over the Capitol. American in honor of Virginia Tillett. and his three decades of service to the Dare County community.

Following Shepheard’s remarks and his presentation of the flag on behalf of Senator Burr, a video message was released featuring North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, who was also unable to attend the ceremony. grand opening that afternoon. At the end of Governor Cooper’s video message, North Carolina State Rep. Bobby Hanig and North Carolina Senator Bob Steinburg also made presentations, during which the elected officials each presented to two sons and to Tillett’s granddaughter flags that had flown over the state capitol in her honor. .

A series of brief comments were then made by Tillett’s sons and granddaughter, who then joined other family members and close friends, and the Dare County Board of Commissioners, in the lobby for the official unveiling of a brand new plaque designating the establishment. as the Virginia S. Tillett Community Center.

For more information about the Virginia S. Tillett Community Center and the multitude of programs and services the multigenerational facility offers Dare County community members of all ages, please Click here. To view the video of the building’s inauguration ceremony, please click on the button below.

Virginia Tillett’s two sons, Johnny Tillett and Michael Tillett, and her granddaughter, Maya Tillett, speak onstage, accompanied by Dare County Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Wally Overman.

Jill E. Washington