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A Day with the Florida Highwaymen: Celebrating Art & Creativity

Saturday, May 6, 2023, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  

Join us for this special celebration of the Florida Highwaymen: the group of 26 African American artists who broke from the conventions of the Jim Crow South in the 1950s and ’60s to paint and sell their now-iconic landscapes of Florida. Three of the original Highwaymen – Curtis Arnett, Al Black, and Robert Lewis Jr. – are slated to participate, along with second-generation painters Robert Lewis III and Roy McLendon Jr.

The day’s events also include a talk by Dr. Renee Mills about the life and work of her mother, the late Mary Ann Carroll, the only woman among the Highwaymen artists and the History Center’s honoree at its annual Women’s History Month Breakfast in 2022. Dr. Mills will speak at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Art from the History Center’s Highwaymen Kids program will also be on display, and visitors can participate in Florida Highwaymen-themed family activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission is free, and guests can enjoy the History Center’s four floors of exhibits and Highwaymen selections from its own collections as well.