Florida's Highwaymen Painted Idealized Landscapes In Jim Crow South

Saturday, August 10, 2013

In the Jim Crow Florida of the 1960's a group of young African-American landscape painters became famous for their art. They also made a lot of money selling oil paintings that depicted an idealized, candy-colored Florida of palms and beaches, and sleepy inlets. These young painters came to be known as the Highwaymen, and they painted thousands of these paintings until the market was saturated and the whole genre vanished. Host Jacki Lyden traveled to Florida and explored their fascinating story. (This piece originally aired on All Things Considered on Sept. 19, 2012.)

Source: NPR


Comments [1]

Billy Bang Bang Jones from South Florida


I wrote a Highway Man song about the painters, it's a pretty good blues song. I even used a Gibson 1959 period guitar to capture the experience.

You can listen to the song here.

Would like to be included in any art events to perform song as a tribute. Get some feedback from a original Highwayman.

Billy Jones,

Aug. 26 2013 11:28 AM

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