This historic image depicted a number of Carville, Louisiana Leprosarium patients as they were enjoying their usual Sunday outdoors fishing on Lake Johansen from a dock, which was constructed primarily to facilitate those wishing to partake in boating trips. Lake Johansen was named after one of the Leprosarium's Chief Medical Ofiicers, Dr. Frederick A. Johansen. Making use of this beautiful lake was routine, and included activities such as swimming, boating, and pictured here, fishing.The National Hansen's Disease Museum's (NHDM) mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the medical and cultural artifacts of the Carville Historic District. In addition, we want to promote the understanding, identification, and treatment of Hansen's Disease (leprosy). We fulfill this mission by creating and maintaining museum displays, traveling exhibits, publications and a website in order to educate and inform the public on all levels.
CDC/ Elizabeth Schexnyder, National Hansen's Disease Museum, Curator
December 3, 2012