Pioneering black pharmacist Zirl A. Palmer built this drug store in 1961 at the corner of East Fifth and Chestnut Streets in the East End. Preservationists hoping to renovate and reuse the city-owned building rather than demolish it pasted valentines on its Feb. 16.
Pioneering black pharmacist Zirl A. Palmer built this drug store in 1961 at the corner of East Fifth and Chestnut Streets in the East End. Preservationists hoping to renovate and reuse the city-owned building rather than demolish it pasted valentines on its Feb. 16. Tom Eblen teblen@herald-leader.com
Pioneering black pharmacist Zirl A. Palmer built this drug store in 1961 at the corner of East Fifth and Chestnut Streets in the East End. Preservationists hoping to renovate and reuse the city-owned building rather than demolish it pasted valentines on its Feb. 16. Tom Eblen teblen@herald-leader.com

The Klan bombed his drugstore. Now people are trying to save his legacy from demolition.

February 23, 2018 12:43 PM

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Tom Eblen

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Tom Eblen is a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader who writes about life, people and issues in Lexington and Kentucky. A Lexington native, Eblen was the Herald-Leader's managing editor from 1998 to 2008.