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Guide to the Sarita Daftary-Steel collection of East New York oral histories 2015.011

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Montgomery, Isaiah, 2014 June 20

Biographical note

Isaiah Montgomery was born in Smithville, North Carolina, in 1948 to African American parents. He lived with his grandparents in Spartanburg, South Carolina, until the age of six. At that time he moved to the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn to join his parents, who had migrated to New York several years earlier. In 1963 his family bought a home and moved to 548 Hinsdale Street in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, where he attended Franklin K. Lane High School. Montgomery served in the Vietnam War and then spent much of his adult life employed as a corrections officer. He married, had two children, and continues to live in East New York on Newport Street, where he is a member of a community garden and the East New York Farms! Project.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Isaiah Montgomery describes his move from South Carolina to Brooklyn; his parents' work and taking care of his sister as a youth; moving to the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn in the 1963; White flight; the rise of crime, arson, and drugs; race conflict at Franklin K. Lane High School; his children's time at South Shore High School and Thomas Jefferson High School; community gardens; and the current development and revitalization of the neighborhood. He also describes his work as a corrections officer in New York City. The interview was conducted by Sarita Daftary-Steel at Montgomery's home in East New York.

Subject Names

  • Montgomery, Isaiah

Subject Organizations

  • Franklin K. Lane High School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • South Shore High School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Thomas Jefferson High School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • African Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Arson -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Community development -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Community gardens -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Correctional personnel -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Crime -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Home ownership -x Social aspects -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Public schools -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Race relations -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • School integration -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • East New York (New York, N.Y.) |x Social conditions
  • Hinsdale Street (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Newport Street (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)