The street sign at West 136th Street the northwest corner of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard now bears the name of late Tuskegee Airman Dr. Dabney N. Montgomery. The street was co-named during a ceremony on Saturday.
Spectrum News NY1 anchor Cheryl Wills hosted the ceremony to co-name the street that was attend by dozens including Montgomery’s family followed by a reception at Beulah Methodist Church. Montgomery lived on West 136th Street for decades with his wife.
During World War II, Montgomery was a ground crewman for the famed Tuskegee Airmen. In 2007, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
A native of Selma, Ala., Montgomery marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Selma to Montgomery March.
He began working for New York City in 1955, first as a social service investigator in the Department of Social Services and later for the Housing Authority. He retired in 1988.
Montgomery died of natural causes in 2016 at the age of 93.