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Watts,residential section of south central Los Angeles. Named after C. H. Watts, a Pasadena realtor, the section became part of Los Angeles in 1926. Artist Simon Rodia's celebrated Watts TowersWatts Towers,
group of folk-art towers in the Watts section of Los Angeles. The complex was built (1921–54) single-handedly by the self-taught Italian immigrant Simon Rodia (also spelled Rodilla, 1879–1965).
..... Click the link for more information. are there. Historically an impoverished black ghetto, Watts was the site of six days of race riots in 1965 that claimed 34 lives and caused over $200 million in property damage. Race riots again erupted in 1992 after the acquittal of white police officers who beat a black motorist; 58 people died and approximately $1 billion in property was destroyed. The African-American population has declined in recent decades while the area's Hispanic population has grown significantly; the area remains marked by poverty.
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district in Los Angeles where black Americans rioted over economic deprivation and social injustices (1965). [Am. Hist.: NCE, 1612–1613]
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1. George Frederick. 1817--1904, English painter and sculptor, noted esp for his painting Hope (1886) and his sculpture Physical Energy (1904) in Kensington Gardens, London
2. Isaac. 1674--1748, English hymn-writer
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