Depicted in this historic image, was a cottage that was used as a dwelling for a married couple. There were twenty-four such cottages located on the Carville, Louisiana Leprosarium colony's acreage. The Leprosarium was a self-contained compound with its own power plant, storehouse, patient treatment centers, including a dental office, food-processing facilities, a cafeteria, as well as its own cemetery. Because of the sequestration of the Leprosarium's patients, sometimes for many years, those that were married, were provided this type of dwelling place in order to maintain some semblance of a normal married life style.
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 (HD), or leprosy. It fulfills 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.
“Patients of this U.S. Marine Hospital, produced a set of 35-mm slides around 1950, from which this image was derived. In 2002, a patient’s son donated the set, the only one known in existence, to the Museum. The father, a patient at Carville for several years, brought these slides home around 1950 to give his family a snapshot of life at the national Leprosarium. The act of quarantining patients for Hansen’s disease (HD), or leprosy, remained law in the state of Louisiana until 1957."