This historic image depicted a beautiful garden on the grounds of the Carville, Louisiana Leprosarium. A number of leprosarium patients were wonderful gardeners, and these Easter Lilies could attest to their level of expertise. Also grown on the premises were numbers of orchids that were also managed by the patients. The hospital was a self-contained compound with its own storehouse, laundry, food-processing facilities, patient treatment centers, and recreational facilities, as well as numerous gardens such as this the one pictured here. Outdoor activities helped to improve the dispositions of the patients who'd been quarantined, and stigmatized due to their curable affliction.
CDC/ Elizabeth Schexnyder, National Hansen's Disease Museum, Curator
December 4, 2012
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