From an historic aerial view, this photograph showed a section of acreage that was part of the Carville, Louisiana Leprosarium's property. Pictured here was land that had been used to raise crops, including corn, hay, and soybeans, in order to feed the facility's dairy herd. The hospital was a self-contained compound with its own power plant, storehouse, patient treatment centers, which included a dental office, food-processing facilities, i.e., a cafeteria, and its own cemetery.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