Dr. Vada Somerville and Bill Watkins look at a document, Los Angeles, 1950s
- Dr. Vada Somerville and Bill Watkins look at a document, Los Angeles, 1950s
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- Somerville community activities (1)
- Smith, Irving C.
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Miriam Matthews Photograph Collection
Dr. Vada Somerville and Bill Watkins smile as they look at a piece of paper that they both hold.
Bill Watkins converted a 1920s apartment building into the Hotel Watkins and the Rubaiyat Room jazz club in 1945. The building is located at 2022 W Adams Blvd.
Dr. Vada Somerville (born Vada Jetmore Watson) of Pomona graduated from USC, married dentist John Alexander Somerville (1912), was the first African American woman and the second African American person to graduate from USC School of Dentistry (1918), and was the first African American woman certified to practice dentistry in the state of California. She was a civil rights activist, highly involved in several civic and community organizations.
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