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Old 06-21-2017, 12:02 AM
 
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Check out this documentary on Compton from 1971. They touch on it's transition to a majority Black city at the time. It's a little over an hour so check it out when you have some spare time.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPPJwPdTums

 
Old 06-21-2017, 01:26 AM
 
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Does anyone know if Charles Miller who was interviewed is still alive? I did a search on his name but a Ross Miller came up. It seems like the same person.

Ross Miller, Pioneering Compton Leader, Dies - latimes
 
Old 06-21-2017, 01:28 AM
 
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Kevin Costner is from Compton.

True.
 
Old 06-21-2017, 09:00 AM
 
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Kevin Costner is from Compton.

True.
Compton had a lot of white folks at one time .
 
Old 06-21-2017, 11:48 AM
 
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Compton had a lot of white folks at one time .
I have a video called "Last of the Big Red Cars", which documents a run of the old Pacific Electric route from L. A. to Long Beach (over much of the route of the current Blue Line). Along the way, they stopped at Watts (the stop was pretty much where the Blue Line station is today, some African-Americans along with some whites got off the train. Next was Compton (back then, the train stopped right at Compton Blvd instead of a block or so north that the Blue Line does today. They didn't really have stations so much as stops, since the trains boarded at ground level.) At Compton, you only saw white people alighting. This was in 1961. So yes, Compton was mostly white then, I suspect it started to change around the time of the Watts riots 4 years later.

BTW, former president George H. W. Bush lived in Compton for awhile in (I think) the 50s. Apparently, he had a job in the oil industry which required him to live in Southern California for awhile. It may have just been him, while Barbara and the kids stayed home in Texas. Soon after he was elected President in 1988, one of the L. A. stations did a story about that. The apartment house was still standing and in use, unfortunately, it had become somewhat rundown in the ensuing years.
 
Old 06-21-2017, 11:57 AM
 
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BTW, former president George H. W. Bush lived in Compton for awhile in (I think) the 50s. Apparently, he had a job in the oil industry which required him to live in Southern California for awhile.
He, Barbara, young George and infant Robin (who died at age 4 of leukemia) lived in an apartment in Compton in 1949; the building has since been demolished. Bush worked for Dresser Industries.
 
Old 06-21-2017, 12:26 PM
 
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He, Barbara, young George and infant Robin (who died at age 4 of leukemia) lived in an apartment in Compton in 1949; the building has since been demolished. Bush worked for Dresser Industries.
Then they moved straight outta Compton .
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