Against All Odds: The Art of the Highwaymen
A History Center Special 10th Anniversary Exhibit

September 25, 2010-January 2, 2011
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 ‘60s. One charismatic man dreamed big and developed a fast method of painting that he generously shared with 25 others, and they collectively produced more than 200,000 paintings over a 30-year period.

The exhibit has been newly curated to include paintings by all 26 Highwaymen, together in one exhibit for the first time at the History Center, including two artists not previously shown at the museum. The exhibit also marks the first showing at the History Center of a painting by A.E. “Bean” Backus, an accomplished white Florida landscape artist who encouraged and inspired the artists. Included in general admission.

Highwaymen Weekend
Saturday, November 20, and Sunday, November 21, 2010

The History Center will welcome Highwaymen artists during a first-ever Highwaymen Weekend, when visitors can meet some of the original Florida Highwaymen artists, purchase their uniquely Florida paintings, and visit the Against All Odds: The Art of the Highwaymen exhibit. Artists will be on hand each day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to display their work and share their stories.

  • Saturday, November 20, meet Mary Ann Carroll, James Gibson, and Issac Knight
  • Sunday, November 21, meet Curtis Arnett, Robert Lewis Jr., and Roy McLendon

    Special two-day Highwaymen Weekend admission ticket available: $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, students, and military
    with I.D.


    It is not the policy of the History Center to perform appraisals or recommend appraisers. Privately owned paintings will not be permitted into the museum.