Authors carve town history into new local book

  • Saturday, August 23, 2014



Full of beautiful white marble comparable to that of its sister city Pietrasanta, Italy, Sylacauga, Alabama is a city of quality places, products and people. In 1833, “stars” fell on Alabama during a meteor shower, but Sylacauga is also full of homegrown stars, including NFL football player Marcus Knight and actor and musician Jim Nabors. With “Sylacauga,” Arcadia Publishing's newest addition to its popular “Images of America” series, Sylacauga adds three more stars: local author Peggy Rozelle, Earl Lewis and David Arnold.

Peggy E. Rozelle is a native of Sylacauga, Alabama, and has primarily become interested in writing about history because of curiosity. Becoming aware of her Marietta, Georgia battleground surroundings after moving there in the late 50s with her family, they became frequent visitors to Mount Pleasant and the Charleston area through the years.

With a post-graduate degree from Emory University in community health nursing, Peggy's interest in history led her to volunteer as a docent and get involved in the presentation of the antebellum home of Colonel Amoldus Brumby, the first superintendent of the Georgia Military Institute, a former boys' military school in Marietta, Georgia during the Civil War.

Peggy is currently living in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Her membership in the Mount Pleasant Historical Commission led to serious consideration and follow-through in the pursuit of writing about her hometown.

Sylacauga's white marble covers buildings across the country, including the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, but now its stories are available to all in more than 200 vintage images.

The new book is available at area bookstores, independent retailers and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at 888-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.

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