Carville's Cure | Pam Fessler
Thursday, September 3 | 5:00 PM
Virtual Venue Hosted by the Lewes Public Library
An old sugar plantation in Louisiana, called Carville by locals, was the site of the only leprosy colony in the continental United States, where generations of afflicted Americans were isolated—often against their will and until their deaths. Amid widespread public anxiety about foreign contamination and contagion, patients were deprived of basic rights and shunned by those outside. This is the story of the patients, nurses, doctors, and researchers at Carville who struggled for over a century to eradicate Hansen’s disease, the modern name for leprosy.