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February 18, 2017
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Moore's Creek Linear Park / North 10th Street Park
N. 10th St. and Avenue C
Fort Pierce, FL 34950
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Highwaymen Heritage Trail Ribbon Cutting and Festival

Saturday, February 18, 2017

If you traveled Florida Route 1 in the 1960s, you may have encountered young African American artists selling lushly-painted Florida landscapes from the trunks of their cars. Jim Crowe segregation prevented the painters from entering galleries – so they sold their works at motels, businesses and to tourists – for $15-$25 apiece. It is estimated that they created and sold more than 200,000 paintings by the end of the 20th Century. This loosely-associated group of twenty-five men and one woman came to be known as The Highwaymen. Mostly from Fort Pierce, the artists were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004. Their paintings now sell for thousands of dollars and are sought after by collectors throughout the world. The Highwaymen Heritage Trail, a tribute to the artists and their contribution to the rich cultural history of Fort Pierce, one of the oldest cities on Florida’s east coast.

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