The story goes that two boys were playing in the backyard of their home in Los Angeles. Apparently, they were digging deep holes when, somewhat unexpectedly, they struck something hard – something metallic. And what they reportedly found underneath the earth was so extraordinary that people would still be talking about it nearly 40 years later.
The year was 1978, and the place was West Athens – a predominantly African American and Hispanic neighborhood in South Los Angeles. However, this wasn’t just a local story about local people. On the contrary, the astonishing discovery in a backyard here would capture the imagination of the whole country.