When Lester Carter opened his drug store at 2400 W. Burleigh nearly a half-century ago, his former boss told him that he wouldn’t last six months as a “black guy in a German neighborhood,” he recalled. Today he is a beloved figure on Milwaukee’s North Side, helping to cure generations of neighborhood residents with his own herbal preparations.
He sold the store in 2014, but returned to work in February after several illnesses. Known to his customers as “Doctor Carter,” the druggist said he believes in “using your education to benefit and make life better for the people you serve.”
Editor’s note: This video first aired on CBS 58’s Sunday Morning show, as part of a collaboration between Diederich College of Communication and Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.