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    N&O Article re Latta House, Oberlin Village, Raleigh (6/27/98)
Remnant of Raleigh's past to benefit
from today's music


        RALEIGH -- This weekend, a historical preservation group will give people a
        chance to help rebuild a piece of Raleigh's
        history that many may have forgotten. The Latta House Foundation will sponsor a benefit concert from noon to 6 p.m. today at the Latta House at 1001 Parker St. Proceeds from the concert will be used to restore the house.
        Bill Shepherd, founder of the Latta House Foundation, said he hopes the event helps to raise awareness about the home, which is part of historic Oberlin Village, one of Raleigh's first successful, free African-America communities.
        "Through this fund-raiser, we want to restore the Latta House and establish it as an ongoing community cultural center," Shepherd said. "The community has expressed an interest in trying to save the house."
Staff Photo By Nerissa Miller
From Latta University -- which the Rev. M.L. Latta, a former slave, founded after he attended Shaw University -- only the Latta House remains. The Latta House Foundation aims to restore the aging structure with money from a fund-raising concert today.