This photograph highlighted the front of the Carville, Louisiana Leprosarium's infirmary, which was the only one of its kind in the continental United States. This building was constructed by the state of Louisiana in 1894, when five men and two women with "Hansen's disease" (HD), then called leprosy, were brought by barge to an abandoned sugar plantation, known only as Indian Camp, on a bend of the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Now - more than a hundred years later - the Gillis W. Long Hansen's Disease Center, now known as the National Hansen's Disease Programs, is recognized worldwide for its achievement in Hansen's disease treatment, rehabilitation, training and education."The National Hansen's Disease Museum stands as a monument to those who battled Hansen's Disease (leprosy)--researchers and health care professionals, as well as those who suffered from the affliction from all nationalities, and belief systems."
CDC/ Elizabeth Schexnyder, National Hansen's Disease Museum, Curator
November 17, 2012