Interview with Zirl A. Palmer, August 17, 1978

Project: Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Dr. Palmer, the first African American pharmacist in Lexington and the first African American to own a Rexall franchise in the United States, graduated from Bluefield State College and Xavier University College of Pharmacy in New Orleans. He discusses the roadblocks he encountered during segregation while establishing his pharmacy in Lexington, including the assistance obtained from Dr. Bush Hunter, the difficulty of getting ice cream for the store, and the advertising gimmicks used in promotions. Dr. Palmer recalls the discrimination he faced from Main Street stores and the bombing of his store on September 4, 1968. The first African American member of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, Dr. Palmer reminisces about his election to the position and bemoans the lack of African American pharmacists nationwide.

Interview Accession

1978oh126_kh086

Interviewee Name

Zirl A. Palmer

Interviewer Name

Edward Owens

Interview Date

1978-08-17

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Palmer, Zirl A. Interview by Edward Owens. 17 Aug. 1978. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Palmer, Z.A. (1978, August 17). Interview by E. Owens. Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Palmer, Zirl A., interview by Edward Owens. August 17, 1978, Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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