Depicted in this historic image was a Memorial Day celebration on the grounds of the Carville, Louisiana Leprosarium, which was considered a very special occasion in which everyone participated. The local American Legion took part on the march to the cemetery, whereupon, services were conducted by both chaplains, and where approximately 500 patients were buried. The cemetery was opened in 1922 when the Federal Government took over the leprosarium's management from the State of Louisiana.This photograph showed the "Sisters' of Charity" quarters, which housed the Sisters who were members of the leprosarium staff. Currently there are 21 Sisters on staff. The first group of four Sisters of the order founded by St. Vincent de Paul, and officially named Daughters of Charity, arrived at Carville, April 27, 1896, with Sister Beatrice Hart in charge. The sisters volunteered their services, in order to nurse the sufferers of leprosy who'd sought help at the leprosarium.
CDC/ Elizabeth Schexnyder, National Hansen's Disease Museum, Curator
December 4, 2012
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