"Highwaymen" Paintings at Museum of Florida History

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

They were once not allowed to display their paintings in an art gallery. Instead, they presented masterpieces from the trunks of their cars.
That was in the 1950's and 60's, but today Florida's "Highwaymen" are being given their very own gallery at the Museum of Florida History. The museum says it's commemorating Black History Month by showcasing the paintings.

Al Black, an original highwayman, says he still travels with art in his trunk today. "The reason why I sell them out of my car now when somebody wants some, I can't get them out the car fast enough, so I just keep some in the car. But most of the time I sell all the paintings that I have." said Black.

The museum says the paintings were donated by the Museum of Florida History Foundation and they are a permanent addition.


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