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Also Faced the Sea"
Art Installation by Provincetown artists Ewa Nogiec and Norma Holt
Left to right: Eva Silva, Mary Jason, Bea Cabral and Frances Raymond, Fisherman's Wharf, Provincetown
The installation of five larger-than-life black and white photographs of Provincetown women of Portuguese descent, mounted on a building at the end of Fishermans Wharf in Provincetown Harbor, is conceived as a tribute to the Portuguese community and its fishing heritage.
Norma Holt's photographs from Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum collection of Almeda Segura, Eva Silva, Mary Jason, Bea Cabral and Frances Raymond, are meant to represent all of the women of Provincetown who over the years have been the backbone of this vital fishing village. They came from a long line of hard-working people, immigrating mostly from the Azores and mainland Portugal. Their families fished the waters off Cape Cod for over 200 years, built a major fish packing and distribution industry and made an important contribution to the history and culture of Provincetown.
Portuguese women faced the sea in many ways: as mothers, wives, sisters, friends and family of fishermen, as cooks, laundresses, nurses, teachers and telephone operators. They kept the culture alive, sang the songs, danced the dances, buried the dead, gave birth, cooked and kept the church at the center of their lives. Above all, they were resilient through good times and bad, their strength and courage easily matching and supporting that of their male seafaring counterparts.
Norma Holt, July 2012
Shirley Cabral, daughter of Eva Silva, lives and works in Provincetown at Michael Shay's Restaurant and the Provincetown Police Department. She has three daughters.
Beatrice V. "Bea" Cabral, 90, of Provincetown died Monday, October 6, 2003, at the Cape End Manor after an illness. She was the wife to the late Manuel Cabral. Mrs. Cabral was born and educated in Provincetown, the daughter of the late Manuel and Mary (Ramos) Souza Palheiro. She worked as a chambermaid at various motels in Provincetown for many years, including the Provincetown Inn and the Blue Sea Motel. She also worked for Prvincetown for 13 years as one of the matrons at Town Hall.
Mrs. Cabral enjoyed crocheting and loved cats. She
if fondly remembered by her many friends for her
familiar greeting, "Hello, darling." Surviving are her son Ronald K. Cabral of North
Truro; daughter Shriley Mager of Levittown, PA;
six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Cape End Manor
Residents' Fund, 100 Alden Street, Provincetown,
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