Rondo Oral History Project: Interview with Debbie Gilbreath Montgomery

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Titles Rondo Oral History Project: Interview with Debbie Gilbreath Montgomery
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Debbie Montgomery lived in the Rondo neighborhood and has maintained life long friendships while living a few blocks from her childhood home. She was a tomboy raised by her grandparents, loved athletics and challenged the boys with her abilities. She was the first woman to pass the test and attend the same academy as men in the St. Paul Police Department. She served as a police officer for twenty-eight years. She was the first youth to be elected to the NAACP National Board and went on to become the first black woman to be elected to St. Paul's City Council. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Experience in her neighborhood and childhood home; importance of the church in the community for her and her friends; diversity in her neighborhood and attending a primarily white elementary school; experience of discrimination and how she early on became interested in civil rights causes.
Quantity 2 sound cassette
78 pages transcript
3 audio files
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:40:42 running time
Creation Interviewer: Cavett, Kate
Interviewee: Montgomery, Deborah Gilbreath - Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Made in: Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 05/24/2004
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 110.23 (Library Call Number)
AV2007.22.23 (Accession Number)
More Info Collection Finding Aid
MNHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Rondo Oral History Project'


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