Against All Odds: The Art of the Highwaymen
Now nationally known, the Highwaymen began as a group of African American artists who, against all odds, managed to prosper selling their paintings in the segregated South of the 1950s and 1960s. One charismatic man dreamed big and developed a fast method of painting that he generously shared with 25 others, and they collectively produced over 200,000 paintings over a 30 year period. Learn about their fascinating story in The Highwaymen exhibit and see up to 27 of their breathtaking paintings.

B.J. Hausman, director of the art gallery at Florida Community College in Jacksonville, attests, "When you know the story behind [the artists] it becomes magical."


Now Open


27 Highwaymen paintings featuring all 26 artists including: Curtis Arnett, Hezekiah Baker, Al Black, Ellis Buckner, George Buckner, Robert Butler, Mary Ann Carroll, Johnny Daniels, Willie Daniels, Rodney Demps, James Gibson, Alfred Hair, Isaac Knight, Robert Lewis, John Maynor, Roy McLendon, Alphonso Moran, Harold Newton, Lemuel Newton, Sam Newton, Willie Reagan, Livingston Roberys, Cornell Smith, Sylvester Wells, and Charles Wheeler.

16 interpretive panels

Supplementary Materials

Publicity Material
Companion book: Florida's Highwaymen: Legendary Landscapes by Bob Beatty (former curator of Education)

Space Requirements

150 linear feet
Smaller custom designs also available.


Contact the History Center for pricing information.

Security Requirements


Contact Information

Emilie Arnold
Traveling Exhibition Coordinator
(407) 836-8519