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
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
The Hall Family
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