City helps fund park at Latta House site

Posted August 6, 2008

— City officials have set aside $65,000 to help redevelop the site of the former Latta House.

A January 2007 fire destroyed what was left of the school and orphanage for freed slaves was founded in the late 1800s by Rev. Morgan Latta, a former slave and one of Shaw University's first graduates.

Officials decided to convert the 2-acre site off Oberlin Road into a park, and the city approved spending $15,000 on an archaeological survey and dig of the site. The Parks and Recreation Department allocated another $50,000 to help draw up a master plan for the park.

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  • Adelinthe Aug 7, 2008

    Nice, but a little too late.

    This money should have come years ago to keep the building from falling into such disrepair and finally burning.

    This was a highly historical site, regardless of the color of the skin of those who attended there.


    God bless.

    Rev. RB