Florida Museum of History Celebrates the Artistic Achievements of The Highwaymen

By: Gary McKechnie


One of my earliest memories was riding with my family to Cocoa Beach in the 1960s and along the highway, sometimes at an intersection, sometimes not, were black men in old cars with a raft of paintings propped up against the bumpers and quarter panels. The paintings, I think, cost about ten or fifteen bucks but we never stopped to buy them because they were paintings of the landscape we already knew to I guess we didn’t need to see it again on our walls.

I wish we had.

Those were some of the earliest paintings created by a group of self-taught artists later known as The Highwaymen and those quite affordable paintings of Old Florida scenes of wildlife and landscapes now sell for hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.

Writer Andrew Skerritt wrote of a retrospective collection of the work of The Highwaymen that’s now on display at Tallahassee’s wonderful Florida Museum of History, and I can’t wait to see it.

It’ll take me back to a Florida I remember.

And you can take the trip as well.

(To read Andrew Skerritt’s great story, click to this page.)

If you go…

The Museum of Florida History
500 S. Bronough Street


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