Out of the Shadow of Leprosy
Featured at Jeanerette Museum Talk
The museum in Jeanerette, Louisiana, hosted a slide show and lecture by Claire Manes on the history of Carville, her book, Out of the Shadow of Leprosy, and her family’s Carville related story. She discussed Carville’s story from the 1894 efforts to establish a place to treat leprosy patients to July 28, 2015, when the last two residents at Carville moved to a Baton Rouge facility. In relating the history of the hospital Claire recognized her grandfather Edmond Landry and his four siblings: Norbert, Marie, Albert and Amelie who were patients at the hospital at different times from 1919-1977. At the talk were James (Jimmy) Landry, one of Edmond’s grandsons, and Mazie Boudreaux Landry, Edmond’s only daughter in law.
Claire also mentioned the Jeanerette connection to Carville. The book The Miracle at Carville, the story of the effects of the first successful treatment for leprosy, was written by Betty Martin (her Carville name) whose maternal relatives were Jeanerette citizens.
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