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The project logo Latta House & University Site Master Plan

The project logo Latta House & University Site Master Plan

The Project Team and Citizen Planning Committee are working on a park design that addresses the issues and recommendations of the Latta House & University Site Situation Assessment. This will involve gathering the community's feedback during subsequent public meetings and online input so that the end result will be a Master Plan the community and the City of Raleigh can embrace.

The Latta House & University Site Master Plan is now in the final phase of public input process.


Please take the survey below to give feedback on the

Final Draft Master Plan, Proposed Priority Phasing,

and participate in our Community Engagment Evaluation.


The survey will run through October 29th.


The Latta House & University Site Master Plan will then move through the Approval Process, starting with a presentation to the Historic Resourches & Museum Advisory Board on November 20th. The public is welcome to attend this meeting.

Final Draft Master Plan & Priority Phasing

Please participate in our online survey on the Final Draft Master Plan & Priority Phasing.

Project Update

This page presents project updates including a new Project Schedule, the Design Options Public Input Summary, the Tree Health Assessment, and the Non-Disturbance Areas.

The public input process will run from April - October. 


General Public Input was gathered in April, 

Plan Development & Design Alternatives will be presented in June, 

Draft Master Plan Options will be reviewed during August,

and a Final Draft Master Plan will be open for feedback in October.


Raleigh Arts will be available on June 8th and August 24th to discuss the

City of Raleigh Oberlin Rd. Public Art Project.


The Final Draft Master Plan will be presented to the Historic Resources and Museum Advisory Board for review in November.

Updated Project Timeline

Situation Assessment

Public Input Process

Board & Council Master Plan Review (Tentative)

Situation Assessment

City Council approved the 


Latta House & University Site

Situation Assessment


on February 5th, 2019.


Please click here

to download the document.

Please feel free to comment on the Situation Assessment here or email us at

Project Background

Reverend Latta was born into enslavement at Fishdam, a Cameron family plantation near the Neuse River approximately 25 miles north of Raleigh, yet persevered to support his twelve brothers and sisters and become one of Shaw University’s first graduates.

Reverend Morgan London Latta founded Latta Univeristy in 1892. Latta University at its height was home to 26 buildings and 1400 students, including orphaned children of formerly enslaved people. The university operated for thirty years.

The Latta House was the residence of Reverend Morgan London Latta and his family. It was the last remaining historical landmark of the original 26 structures that comprised Latta University. 

In January 2009 an archaeological survey began at the site of the former Reverend M.L. Latta House and University. The Raleigh Historic Development Commission (RHDC) worked with City Parks and Recreation staff and Environmental Services, Inc. to complete the archaeological survey. On August 4, 2009, the Raleigh City Council accepted the archaeological report as presented by the RHDC and the consultant.

The investigation was conducted to recover artifacts and data from the Latta House and accessory buildings, additional buildings related to the University, an old well located on the property, and other site features. A comprehensive analysis of the site yielded new information regarding the history and prior land-use of the University and residence. Based on findings, the consultant, Environmental Services, Inc., recommended that the site be reinstated as a Raleigh Historic Landmark. On July 6, 2010 City Council adopted an ordinance designating the Latta House and University Site as a Raleigh Historic Landmark.

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