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The project logo Latta University Historic Park Master Plan

The project logo Latta University Historic Park Master Plan

The Project Team and Citizen Planning Committee developed a park design that addresses the issues and recommendations of the Latta University Historic Park Situation Assessment. This involved gathering the community's feedback during subsequent public meetings and online input so that the end result is a Master Plan the community and the City of Raleigh can embrace.

On March 3rd, the City of Raleigh City Council voted unanimously to approve the

Latta University Historic Park Master Plan!


Next, we will be starting the schematic design for phase one implementation.

Stay tuned for periodic updates as we move forward with this exciting park project.

On February 27th, the Raleigh Historic Development Commission granted the Latta University Historic Park Master Plan a Certificate of Appropriateness with the following conditions:

1)There will be no demolition delay for the removal of the trees.

2)That archaeological guidance be received from the Office of State Archaeology and submitted to RHDC staff prior to plan implementation

3)That new COA application(s) be filed for the new landscape and hardscape features; design and materials of the new architectural elements including pavilion, signage, and other miscellaneous features.

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Project Timeline


Situation Assessment

City Council approved the 


Latta University Historic Park

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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