In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil W. White IIIIncarceration is supposed to both punish and rehabilitate. It always certainly does the former, but far less often accomplishes the latter. This book is a story of the latter.
The author was a financial fraudster (view spoiler)[as was my present bf! Is he rehabilitated? That remains to be seen. (hide spoiler)] and was sentenced to one year in a facility that was both a leper colony and a prison. The prisoners had defective characters but the patients with leprosy did not. Their disease had given them the extra dimension of enduring, making the best of life with all the restrictions of having to live in a facility because of their disabilities.
The author changes from a man who will do anything to impress the world with his material goods and success no matter how he comes about them, to an introspective person who understands that what other people think is by and large meaningless, its how he thinks of himself, how he values himself and how important it is to have character.
His story is illuminated by his many friends, especially his best friend Elsa, an old lady, an amputee who is witty and insightful and never lets any challenges get her down. There are many other lovely stories of his friends varying from prison officials to convicts and the leprosy patients, some are full-blooded stories, others just vignettes, but all add to our ability to see how and what changed Neil W. White from a financial leech on society to a decent man who in this book says, Mea Culpa.
Carville National Leprosarium
Infirmary, Carville Lepers Home. Charles L. Franck Photographers Photography. F rom to , the National Leprosarium now known as the Gillis W. Though its name has changed over the years, for many the hospital has been known simply by its location, Carville. Originally built in and designed by New Orleans architects Henry Howard and Albert Diettel, the plantation house had fallen into disrepair, and as a result, the first patients were housed in former slave cabins.
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Last Updated on July 31, In Carville Louisiana, I visited a leper colony. But by the time I left, I felt shame for my reaction. Maybe this story will make you feel just a little uncomfortable as well. But more importantly, it will open your eyes, like mine did. But no, leprosy is still out there. People live with it and live among us every day.
Successful entrepreneur, award-winning publisher, community pillar and all-around golden boy, Neil White was eager to impress. To White, a sentence of 18 months and a tarnished record meant that life as he knew it was over.
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Although leprosy , or Hansen's Disease , was never an epidemic in The United States , cases of leprosy have been reported in Louisiana as early as the 18th century. The first leprosarium in the continental United States existed in Carville, Louisiana from and Baton Rouge, Louisiana is the home of the only institution in the United States that is exclusively devoted to leprosy consulting, research, and training. From , the leprosarium underwent several name changes: Louisiana Leper Home , U. Marine Hospital No. Long Hansen's Leprosy Disease Center Due to the various names, the leprosarium was commonly referred to as "Carville. Due to the social stigmas that surrounded leprosy in Louisiana, upon arriving at Carville, patients were encouraged to take on a new identity.
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