La Perla was established in the late 19th century. Initially, the area was the site of a slaughterhouse. The law required slaughterhouses, as well as homes of former slaves and homeless non-white servants – and cemeteries – to be established away from the main community center. In this case, outside the city walls. Sometime after, some of the farmers and workers started living around the slaughterhouse and shortly established their houses there.