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Exterior of Watts Happening Cultural Center. Photo by Rita Cofield.

Watts Happening Cultural Center

Located at 1827 East 103rd Street, the Watts Happening Cultural Center also known as the Mafundi Building and the Robert Pitts Westminster Neighborhood Center was established in Watts in 1969.

Designed by Kennard and Silvers, this Late-Modern, two-story T-shaped building has cultivated Black art, culture, and local activism in the Watts community. The center has been a prominent hub for Black artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and poets. Many important community-serving organizations have been associated with this building, including the Mafundi Institute, the Watts Writers Workshop, and the Watts Prophets. The Watts Coffee House, a longtime small Black-owned business, is located on the ground floor of the Watts Happening Cultural Center.

Inside B. Black & Sons. Photo by George Geary.

B. Black & Sons

Fourth-generation family-owned and operated fabric business in the Los Angeles Garment District since 1922.
Photo by Laura Dominguez/L.A. Conservancy

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