Galvanized aluminum pail with a volume of approximately three (3) gallons. The pail is slightly narrower at base than at lip. Three (3) ribs run around the top of the sides. The pail has a handle that can be raised and lowered. At the bottom of the interior of the pail is a raised letter [A] in the center of concentric ribs that make up the base.
Dabney N. Montgomery is a documented original Tuskegee airman, a 2007 recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal and was an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, acting as a body guard for Martin Luther King Jr. during the Selma to Montgomery March of 1965.
A black wood-framed shadowbox with two shoe heels and one burgundy knit necktie worn by Dabney N. Montgomery during the Selma to Montgomery March from March 21 to 25, 1965, and an address book containing the name and address of Martin Luther King, Jr. and others. The address book is cased in a plastic bag and is mounted to the gray mat board at the center top. Pre-printed black text for contact information is printed with four (4) contacts possible on each page. Seven (7) contacts are filled out by hand in black and blue ink, with King's at the top left page. The bottom right page pre-printed fill-in section is blank. An orange sticker with a black "1" is to the right of the book. The burgundy wool knit necktie is fastened with fishing line to the backing board at the top, middle, and bottom along the vertical left side. An orange sticker with a black "2" is to the bottom left of the tie. The black rubber shoe heels are placed side by side with the rounded back edges of the heels facing upward at the bottom right of the frame. Manufacturer information is stamped into the rubber, but is illegible because the heels are much worn. An orange sticker with a black "3" is to the right of the shoe heels. The mat board is held in place by metal pressure tabs around the back of the frame. There is no apparent hanging mechanism.
Along with literacy tests, property or residency requirements, poll taxes were one of the methods used to prevent African Americans from voting beginning in the last quarter of the 19th century. After the Fifteenth Amendment enabled the right to vote to African Americans a number of states enacted poll tax laws as a legal method to restrict voting rights. The poll tax was especially effective in disenfranchising potential black voters since African Americans made up a disproportionate number of the poor who could not afford to pay.
A poll tax certificate issued to Alice Irby of Selma, Alabama by the United States Civil Service Commission, Voting Rights Act of 1965. The page is white paper with black printed ink text and fields. The fields have been filled in by hand in blue ink. The top of the certificate reads: [United States Civil Service Commission / Voting Rights Act of 1965 / Poll Tax Payment Certificate / State of Alabama]. The certificate recognizes that Irby paid the three dollar poll tax in order to vote and is signed by John H. Craig, Examiner, U.S. Civil Service Commission on January 29, 1966. The back of the certificate is blank.