In this historic image, a scene from the Carville, Louisiana Leprosarium's "Annual Nativity Play" was depicted. The hospital's production was sponsored by the Sisters of Charity, and all the actors were patients staying at the facility. Due to the nature of patient quarantine, isolation from the general populous took a psychological toll on the patients, and participatory activities such as this Nativity Play, bolstered moral, and was quite an entertaining experience for all involved.
CDC/ Elizabeth Schexnyder, National Hansen's Disease Museum, Curator
December 3, 2012
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