In 1892, freed slave and teacher Rev. M. L. Latta founded Latta University, a coeducational institution established to educate underprivileged and orphaned children in Raleigh's African American community. Located in historic Oberlin, the Latta property housed the university as well as Rev. Latta’s ca. 1905 residence, a Raleigh Historic Landmark. In 2007, the Latta House burned and the property was deeded to the City of Raleigh. In 2009 the city funded an archaeological survey, which identified remains from the use of the property as Latta’s residence and the university. The property is managed by the Raleigh Department of Parks and Recreation.