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Palmerstown - Small southern town on the rural drama PALMERSTOWN, U.S.A./CBS/1980-81.

Set in the years of the Depression, Palmerstown was the home of Luther Freeman (Bill Duke), the town's blacksmith (a black man); and his wife, Bessie (Jonelle Allen); his nine-year-old son, Booker T. (Jermain Hodge Johnson); and older daughter Diana (Star-Shemah Bobatoon).

The town was the setting of Booker T's friendship with his white friend, David Hall (Brian Godfrey Wilson), the nine-year-old son of the local grocer. Michael J. Fox appeared as Willy-Joe Hall, David's older brother.

PALMERSTOWN, USA was co-produced by veteran TV producer Norman Lear and award-winning author, Alex Haley. The program was an autobiographical remembrance of Alex Haley's youth in his hometown of Henning, Tennessee. The title of the program was derived from Haley's middle name (Alexander Murray Palmer Haley). 

Alex Haley was the author of the best-selling book "Roots" which inspired the groundbreaking 12-hour 1977 ABC miniseries (viewed by 130 million) and the sequel, "Roots: The Next Generation" broadcast in 1979.

The Hall Family - PALMERSTOWN, USA - Courtesy of the Michael J. Fox Database
The Hall Family


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