The Watts Restaurant was the site of numerous Civil Rights protests in 1963-1964, as it was a public space yet segregated. Even after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed on July 2, 1964 by Congress, Watts' owners (Austin and Jeppie Watts) refused to desegregate (even with violence against protestors) until threatened with a lawsuit. Watts finally relented and desegregated on July 10, 1964. The restaurant was the final anti-desegregation hold out in Chapel Hill.
View south east
View south east, 1961
Ad, 1961 (from UNC's Yackety Yack)
Aerial photograph excerpt, 1955 (circled in red)
Aerial photograph excerpt, showing additions/expansions, 1975 (circled in red)
Interior of restaurant, 1958