Triumph At Carville: A Tale of Leprosy in America

Triumph At Carville: A Tale of Leprosy in America (HM1YV4)

Location: Carville, LA 70721 Iberville Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 11.79', W 91° 7.578'

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The Story of the Triumph over Leprosy; Mankind's most Historically Feared Disease

In 1894, The Louisiana Leper Home was established at an abandoned plantation south of Baton Rouge, near a town eventually known as Carville. That November, the first seven patients, transferred from a "pest house" in New Orleans, arrived on a coal barge towed up the Mississippi River. The laws of the day forbade passengers with quarantinable diseases use of public transportation. The old plantation would eventually become a refuge for leprosy patients from all over the world. The National Leprosy Act of 1917 required patients diagnosed with leprosy in the U.S. to be quarantined at Carville. In its early years, Carville was more prison than hospital. Families, sometimes horrified by the stigma of leprosy, left their infected relatives at the front gate. Patients routinely changed their names to hide their identities. In 1921, when the U.S.Public Health Service took over the hospital from the state of Louisiana, "Carville" became known as U.S. Marine Hospital #66, The National Leprosarium.As the decades passed, greater understanding about leprosy emerged from studies at Carville. Researchers partnered with Daughters of Charity and patients to develop a therapy which, years later, became Carville's gift to the world: the multi-drug regimen many call a cure for leprosy, now known as Hansen's disease.As Carville
evolved from leprosarium to hospital - and eventually became a home for patients who lived out the balance of their lives on the grounds - the plantation fostered an incredible sense of community. This exhibit, and the recent PBS documentary of the same name, highlights a few of the amazing stories and characters that vividly tell the story of this unique place.
HM NumberHM1YV4
Placed ByNational Hansen's Disease Museum
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Date Added Saturday, June 10th, 2017 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 680372 N 3342043
Decimal Degrees30.19650000, -91.12630000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 11.79', W 91° 7.578'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 11' 47.4" N, 91° 7' 34.68" W
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Area Code(s)225
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5445 Point Clair Rd, Carville LA 70721, US
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