24 Conwell Street

24 Conwell Street, the Roach family burial plot abuts Town Cemetery, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

24 Conwell Street, the Roach family burial plot abuts Town Cemetery, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

Alexander S. Roach.

Alexander S. Roach.

Edward S. Roach.

Edward S. Roach.

Ethel Roach.

Ethel Roach.

On the rise behind the Roach family’s cottage colony is the family burial plot, abutting Town Cemetery. Douglas Bryan Roach, “Who Died That Democracy May Live,” was gravely wounded fighting with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War. He expired in New York in 1938 and was given a hero’s funeral in Harlem and here. His brother, John Nathan, also fought in Spain, Peter Manso said, and was blinded. He later managed the cottages, on property purchased in 1899 by Alexander Roach, of St. Vincent, and Margaret Bryant Roach. Their daughter, Ethel, graduated from Provincetown High School in 1929. Edward Stillman served in World War II. In the late ’40s, he raised a lonely voice against minstrel shows in town. Alexander Sherman also fought in the war. (The student photos are from the 1929, 1933 and 1935 Long Pointer year books, courtesy of the Provincetown History Preservation Project.)


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