BURIED TOGETHER

Queer Places:
Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St SE, Washington, DC 20003, Stati Uniti

Larry Martin Worrell (June 23, 1954 - December 17, 1989) and James Richard Duell (February 11, 1947 – July 15, 1992) are buried together in the gay corner of the Congressional Cemetery, in Washington, D.C. Their tombstone reads "Two most excellent adventures".[1]

James Duell was born in Washington, D.C., on February 11, 1947, the son of Richard and Frances Duell of Clarksdale, Mississippi.[2] Larry Worrell was born on June 23, 1954, the son of Jean C. Worrell of Courtland, Virginia and David H. Worrell, Jr., of Richmond, Virginia.[3]

Duell grew up in Mississippi and in 1965 graduated from Benoll High School. He then attended Mississippi State University and graduated in 1969. He did post-graduate work for two years at Mississippi State University and then moved back to Washington, D.C.[2]

In 1971 James Duell started working for the Immigration and Naturalization Service where he held executive-level positions until his death in 1992.[2]

Larry Worrell died in Washington, D.C., on December 17, 1989. James Duell died 3 years later, on July 15, 1992.[2] Like many other gay couples and gay activists, they chose to be buried in what is now called the "gay corner" of the Congressional Cemetery; some said the place was picked since the cemetery is the burial place of Peter Doyle, Walt Whitman's companion; some other said the place was picked by Leonard Matlovich for his burial since it was near the tombstones of J. Edgar Hoover and his friend Clyde Tolson.[4]


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/queerplaces/images/Larry_Worrell_and_James_Duell