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Dabney N. Montgomery

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
City Government Employee
Tuskegee Airman
Civil Rights Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Sweet Potatoes, Greens (Collard)
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Los Angeles, California
Favorite Quote:
If You Have A Problem, Look At Your Feet. You May Be Standing On The Solution.

Birthplace

Born:
4/18/1923
Birth Location:
Selma, Alabama

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
City Government Employee
Tuskegee Airman
Civil Rights Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Sweet Potatoes, Greens (Collard)
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Los Angeles, California
Favorite Quote:
If You Have A Problem, Look At Your Feet. You May Be Standing On The Solution.

Birthplace

Born:
4/18/1923
Birth Location:
Selma
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Biography

Tuskegee Airman Dabney N. Montgomery was born on April 18, 1923 in Selma, Alabama to Lula Anderson Montgomery and Dred Montgomery. He attended the Alabama Lutheran Academy and then Selma University High School, graduating in 1941. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army and was sent for basic training at Keesler Field in Biloxi, Mississippi. After that, Montgomery was sent to Quartermaster Training School at Camp Lee, Virginia (outside of Petersburg), where he received special training in supplies.

In 1943, Montgomery of the 1051st Quartermaster Company of the 96th Air Service Group, attached to the 332nd Air Fighter Group was deployed to Italy. He served there until the end of World War II. In 1946, after returning to the United States, Montgomery entered Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. Montgomery became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and graduated with his B.A. degree in religious education in 1949. Between 1949 and 1950, he returned to Livingstone College and acquired thirty hours in economic study. He briefly studied economics at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University before going to Boston, Massachusetts, where he enrolled at the Boston Conservatory of Music, studying dance. Montgomery later studied dance with the New York City Metropolitan Opera Dance School before an injury forced him to end his career. In 1955, he began working for the city, first as a Social Service Investigator in the Department of Social Services and later for the Housing Authority. He retired in 1988.

Montgomery passed away on September 3, 2016.

Montgomery was heavily involved in the Civil Rights Movement. He participated in marches in New York City and in the 1963 March on Washington. In 1965, Montgomery was one of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s bodyguards on the historic Selma to Montgomery march.

Since his retirement, Montgomery has worked as a Social Outreach Worker for Project FIND, a non-profit organization assisting older adults on Manhattan’s West Side. Montgomery is also very active with Harlem’s Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, which is the oldest organized black church in New York, founded in 1796. Montgomery is also active on the Parks Committee and Harlem’s Interfaith Committee of the Tenth Community Board of Manhattan.

Montgomery has been married to his wife, Amelia Montgomery, for thirty-seven years (as of 2007). They have no children.

Montgomery was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 7, 2007.

Montgomery passed away on September 3, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dabney N. Montgomery's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dabney N. Montgomery lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes his mother's family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dabney N. Montgomery talks about his father's marriages
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes his half-brother, Joe Montgomery
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes his father's career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dabney N. Montgomery talks about his father's standing in his career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes his brother, Mitchel Montgomery
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dabney N. Montgomery talks about his sister, Fairrow Belle Montgomery Prewitt, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dabney N. Montgomery talks about his sister, Fairrow Belle Montgomery Prewitt, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes his two youngest siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers the Clinton Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Selma, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dabney N. Montgomery recalls his mother's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers the holidays
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes his neighborhood in Selma, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers the black community in Selma, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes his home life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers the Alabama Lutheran Academy in Selma, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dabney N. Montgomery recalls his leadership at the Clinton Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Selma, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dabney N. Montgomery recalls attending high school at Selma University in Selma, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers the Clinton Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Selma, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dabney N. Montgomery recalls his decision to study religion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes race relations in Selma, Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dabney N. Montgomery recalls being drafted during World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes his assignments in the U.S. Army Air Corps
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers his colleagues in the U.S. Army Air Corps
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes his experiences on segregated trains
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers the formation of the 332nd Fighter Group
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dabney N. Montgomery recalls the Tuskegee Airmen
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers serving as a chaplain to the Tuskegee Airmen
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dabney N. Montgomery talks about his friends among the Tuskegee Airmen
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes the Claude B. Govan Tri-State Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers the treatment of black soldiers in Europe
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes the missions of the 332nd Fighter Group
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dabney N. Montgomery talks about the integration of the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dabney N. Montgomery talks about his Congressional Gold Medal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes the end of World War II
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dabney N. Montgomery recalls his return from the U.S. military to Selma, Alabama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers studying economics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers studying ballet at the Boston Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dabney N. Montgomery recalls meeting Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dabney N. Montgomery talks about his brief engagement in Spain
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dabney N. Montgomery recalls his return from New York City to Selma, Alabama
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes his first civil rights protest in Selma, Alabama
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers the impact of the Selma to Montgomery March
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Dabney N. Montgomery narrates his photographs
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Slating of Dabney N. Montgomery's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes the civil rights march on Washington, D.C. in 1957
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers Paul Robeson
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes the influence of Dean John H. Satterwhite
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers his father's friendship with A. Philip Randolph
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers the March on Washington
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Dabney N. Montgomery talks about his decision to study economics
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes his experiences as an economics student
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Dabney N. Montgomery recalls his ballet training at the Boston Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Dabney N. Montgomery talks about his interest in black history
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers traveling in North Africa
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Dabney N. Montgomery recalls reconnecting with his Spanish fiancee, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Dabney N. Montgomery recalls reconnecting with his Spanish fiancee, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers receiving a vision of angels
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes his travels in Egypt
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes his acquaintance wiht Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes his start as an activist in Selma, Alabama
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers staying at a hotel in Selma, Alabama
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Dabney N. Montgomery recalls speaking at the Clinton Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Selma, Alabama
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Dabney N. Montgomery recalls drinking from a white water fountain in Selma, Alabama
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers his decision to join the second Selma to Montgomery March
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Dabney N. Montgomery recalls his arrival at the second Selma to Montgomery March
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes the second Selma to Montgomery March
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Dabney N. Montgomery recalls his sister's role in the Selma to Montgomery March
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Dabney N. Montgomery talks about the decision to remain nonviolent during the second Selma to Montgomery March
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Dabney N. Montgomery recalls his experiences during the second Selma to Montgomery March
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Dabney N. Montgomery reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers the Harlem community in New York City
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes the changes in New York City's Harlem neighborhood
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Dabney N. Montgomery talks about the history of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion church
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 11 Story: 8 - Dabney N. Montgomery reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 11 Story: 9 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers joining the Tuskegee Airman, Inc.
  • Tape: 11 Story: 10 - Dabney N. Montgomery talks about his membership at the Mother Zion A.M.E. Church in New York City
  • Tape: 11 Story: 11 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers meeting his wife, pt. 1
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Dabney N. Montgomery remembers meeting his wife, pt. 2
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. organization
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - Dabney N. Montgomery talks about his great-grandfather's U.S. military service
  • Tape: 12 Story: 4 - Dabney N. Montgomery describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 12 Story: 5 - Dabney N. Montgomery shares his memorabilia from the Selma to Montgomery March