Local historian; genealogist; employee of U. S. House of Representatives. Born–Decatur, Alabama. Parents– George and Myrtle Allen. Married– Edward Towns. Children–one. Education–John C. Calhoun Community College; Alabama A and M; degree in religious studies. Employed by the U.S.House of Representatives for 20 years. Conducts genealogical research and presents workshops on genealogy. Active in historical preservation; took the lead in having serveral sites listed on historical registers, including the Carver School building in Decatur.  Member of the Alabama New South Coalition; Decatur Conventon Bureau; Muscle Shoals National Heritage Board; Decatur Cultural Heritage Alliance Board,  the Morgan City Genealogical Society, and other cultural organizations. Received the Community Involvement Award in 2007; the Community Service Award in 2007; the Humanitarian Award in 2010; and the Professional Women’s Award in 2010.

Peggy Allen Towns

Duty Driven: The Plight of North Alabama’s African Americans during the Civil War. Authorhouse, 2012.