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Highwaymen Bring their Paintings to Sebring

Nov 7, 2013

The Highwaymen painted Florida natural landscapes on basic material.
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In the 1950's, a group of African-Americans painted elaborate Florida natural landscapes they sold as an alternative to working in the fields.

Local galleries wouldn't show their paintings, so they took their art to the streets and sold them out of their car trunks to hotels, banks, and tourists.

They became known as the Highwaymen, and while their art then sold for about $25 a painting, some pieces are now worth hundreds if not thousands.

Some of these Florida Artists Hall of Fame members are coming to a festival Saturday in Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring. 

Highwayman Al Black, who started painting his local landscapes in the 60's, is still painting today.

"They mean a lot to me," Black said.  "This kind of keeps me going. I do a painting a week. I get kind of down but as long as I stay busy and everything, I feel good."

Black and other artists will be showing off their paintings at the 28th annual Civilian Conservation Corps Festival. It's on Saturday in Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring. For more information on the festival, click here.