This was the entrance to the Carville, Louisiana Leprosarium where many a Hansen's disease (HD) patient entered, passing through this gate, and remained at the hospital his/her entire life, calling it home, eventually dying there, and subsequently were buried in the hospital's cemetery."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