Richard Wyatt, Jr.
Project Area: Watts
Project: Alma Reaves Woods - Watts Branch Library Mural
Project Location: 10205 Compton Avenue
Project Type: Developer Initiated
Richard Wyatt’s mural is prominently located on the façade of the Alma Reaves Woods - Watts Branch Public Library entrance area. The library is built on a historically significant site where Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. is said to have addressed residents in the wake of the 1965 riots.
According to Wyatt, the mural provides a cross-cultural view of Watts as a city as well as serving as a historically layered visual record of the past and present ethnic backgrounds in Watts, including residents of Italian, Japanese, Jewish, African American, and Latin descent. The subject matter of the mural includes faces from the past and present as well as notable architectural forms in Los Angeles. The mural’s imagery not only represents Watt’s rich cultural presence that illustrates the community’s history, but also the variety of cultures that have contributed to the development of the Watts community. This grand mural is approximately eleven feet in height and sixty feet in length.