Historic School For Blacks Built By Former Slave Destroyed By Fire

The last remaining building of a school built more than 100 years ago by a former slave has been destroyed by fire.

The blaze ends hopes of a local musician who wanted to renovate the site.

The Latta House was part of a vocational school for blacks founded in 1892. Bill Shepherd, the house's caretaker and a reggae musician, had spent the last decade trying to raise money to restore the house and turn it into a community resource.

A fire gutted the school early Monday morning. No injuries were reported and investigators haven't determined what caused the blaze.


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