The Highwaymen: Florida's African-American Artists

Gary Monroe, 2001
The Highwaymen

The Highwaymen are a group of African American youths who rose above societal expectations to leave a visual legacy of modern Florida. Their paintings celebrated natural Florida - "a dream of how Floridians wanted to see their state and how they wanted it to be seen by others." The then-marginalized young men and women worked silently from the late 1950's into the 1980's creating tropical imagery reflecting the Florida Dream and how this contributed to shaping Florida as heaven-on-earth by showering the peninsula with some 200,000 oils.

University Press of Florida, 2001