This was a view just inside the gate of the Carville, Louisiana Leprosarium, where a traffic circle and watchman's booth were visible. Off to one side was the administration building, and to the other were the living quarters for the medical and personnel staff members. "Patients of the U.S. Marine Hospital in Carville, Louisiana, produced a set of 35 mm slides around 1950 from which this image was derived. In 2002, a patient's son donated the set, the only one known in existence, to the museum. The father, a patient at Carville for several years, brought these slides home around 1950 to give his family a snapshot of life at the national leprosarium. The act of quarantining patients for leprosy (HD) remained law in the state of Louisiana until 1957."
CDC/ Elizabeth Schexnyder, National Hansen's Disease Museum, Curator
November 27, 2012
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