WATTS HOTEL

Watts 1955Watts 1975

WATTS HOTEL

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The Watts Restaurant was the site of numerous Civil Rights protests in 1963-1964, as it was a public space yet segregated. Even after theĀ 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)

Watts 1955

Aerial photograph excerpt, 1955 (circled in red)

Watts 1975

Aerial photograph excerpt, showing additions/expansions, 1975 (circled in red)

Interior of restaurant, 1958

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