In 1952, Dr. Zirl A. Palmer was the first African American to own a Rexall franchise in the United States. The store had been relocated on Georgetown Street in Lexington, KY, within the West End Shopping Plaza, when it was bombed on September 4, 1968. Dr. Palmer was among the few African American pharmacists in Lexington, and he was the first African American to become a member of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, named to the board by Governor Wendell Ford.
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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