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Director Marie Bankhead Owen

Marie Bankhead Owen was appointed director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History in 1920 and ran the agency for 35 years. She finished and published her husband's four-volume History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, published her own histories and textbooks, and successfully lobbied for the completion of the World War Memorial Building, which the became the department's new home in 1940.
Courtesy of Alabama Department of Archives and History