Filed Under African American

Latta House & University Site

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.

Date: 1892


Latta House & University Site, 2010 Image courtesy of A. Neifeld, Capital City Camera Club.
Latta House, 2006 Image courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives.
Latta House, 1989 Image courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives. (N.2006.11.111 )
Latta House & University Site, 1980 Image by Michael Zirkle Photography, copyright Raleigh Historic Development Commission.


1001 Parker Street


RHDC, “Latta House & University Site,” Raleigh Historic, accessed December 5, 2023,