24 Cemetery Street

24 Cemetery Road, Town Cemetery, Robert Motherwell grave site, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

24 Cemetery Road, Town Cemetery, Robert Motherwell grave site, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

24 Cemetery Street, Town Cemetery, Nanno de Groot grave site, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

24 Cemetery Street, Town Cemetery, Nanno de Groot grave site, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

A tranquil way to visit some of the town’s most prominent citizens is to wander along Cemetery Road. The largest burial ground, at No. 24, has been known variously as Town Cemetery, Old Cemetery (to distinguish it from the burial ground on the east side of the road) or Cemetery No. 2 (to distinguish it from No. 1, at Winthrop Street). This cemetery is further divided into old and new sections. The new section is where you’ll find the greatest concentration of luminaries, where Norman Mailer and Robert Motherwell are neighbors — just as they were in life. It’s like the Forest Lawn of Provincetown.

24 Cemetery Road, Town Cemetery, Norman and Norris Church Mailer grave site, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

24 Cemetery Road, Town Cemetery, Norman and Norris Church Mailer grave site, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

Rest in peace: ¶ Elise Asher, painter, and Stanley Kunitz, poet. ¶ Gwen Bloomingdale, aviator. ¶ Max Bohm, painter. ¶ Neith Boyce and Hutchins Hapgood, founders of the Provincetown Players. ¶ Nanno De Groot, painter, whose headstone is an abstract sculpture by his wife, the artist Pat De Groot. ¶ William Freed and Lillian Orlowsky, painters. ¶ John Gaspie, clam digger. ¶ Dorothy Lake Gregory and Ross Moffett, painters. ¶ Edwin Atkins Grozier, publisher. ¶ Rear Adm. Donald MacMillan and Miriam Look MacMillan, explorers. ¶ Norman Mailer, writer, and Norris Church Mailer, writer and painter. ¶ Irving Marantz, sculptor. ¶ Robert Motherwell, painter, whose headstone is a boulder with his signature cast on a bronze plate. ¶ James Wingate Parr, painter. ¶ Ilya and Resia Schor, artists. ¶ Avrom “Arlie” Sinaiko and Suzanne Sinaiko, artists. ¶ Kenneth Stubbs, painter. ¶ Dr. Clara Thompson, psychoanalyst. ¶ Jack Tworkov, painter. ¶ Mary Heaton Vorse, progressive activist and author of Time and the Town. ¶ Hudson Walker, art collector and patron, and Ione Gaul Walker, painter. ¶ John Whorf, painter, and his daughter, Nancy Whorf, painter. ¶ Donald Witherstine, artist and gallerist.


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