An unexpected result of creating Friends of Dreamland is all the wonderful people I have met and the friends I have made. Milton Crenchaw was one such person.
The Friends of Dreamland had a fund raiser called “The Dreamland Drive-In Movie Series.” One summer we showed the Tuskegee Airmen movie. Milton graciously lent his fame to the fundraising event appearing to meet, sign autographs, and take pictures with everyone. He drew a big crowd of admirers, including teachers who taught his historical significance in classrooms throughout Arkansas. At 90 years old, his charm and charisma was palatable and his humility was inspiring.
Milton touched countless people’s lives and was known for many valuable societal contributions. We are proud to be able to call him one of our Friends of Dreamland Ballroom, and hope to one day honor his support in our historical space in the Taborian Hall.
See photos from the 2010 summer airing of “Tuskegee Airmen”
The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture entry on Milton Pitts Crenchaw.
Wiki Entry on Milton Crenchaw
Internet Movie Database entry for “The Tuskegee Airmen.”