High­way­men to show off his­tory

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The largest gath­er­ing of orig­i­nal Florida High­way­men will take place in Pom­pano Beach this month, with 10 mem­bers ex­pected to dis­play their vi­brant works of an un­spoiled Florida.

Meet the artists and get first pick of land­scapes that de­pict the wild beauty of the Sun­shine State, from the sig­na­ture royal poin­ciana to Ever­glades sun­sets, at a re­cep­tion from 5 to 8:30 p.m. March 18 and a pub­lic open­ing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 19 at the his­toric Sam­pleMcDougald House.

Mem­bers of the famed group of African-Amer­i­can painters from Fort Pierce who are ex­pected to at­tend in­clude: Cur­tis Ar­nett, Al Black, Wil­lie Daniels, James Gib­son, Is­sac Knight, R.L. Lewis, Roy McLen­don, Wil­lie C. Rea­gan, Charles Walker and Doretha Hair Trues­dell, widow of found­ing mem­ber Al­fred Hair.

“We will have the largest num­ber of orig­i­nal High­way­men at any show in the world,” said Peter Wil­liams, pres­i­dent of the Pom­pano Beach His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, which is spon­sor­ing the event. “All the painters have do­nated orig­i­nal works that we will auc­tion off at Fri­day night’s open­ing re­cep­tion, so this is your chance to take home a piece of iconic Florida his­tory.”

Tick­ets to Fri­day’s re­cep­tion, which in­cludes live mu­sic, food and bev­er­ages, cost $35. En­try to Satur­day’s show is $5.

“Th­ese artists are still go­ing strong, but they are get­ting up there in years,” Wil­liams said. “Sadly, High­way­men John Maynor and Car­nell Smith passed away re­cently, so this is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to meet other mem­bers of the leg­endary group and watch them cre­ate their mas­ter­pieces.”

The artists got their nick­name be­cause they sold quickly painted works, some­times still wet, from the trunks of their cars along U.S. High­way1in the 1950s and ’60s. They used paint­ing to es­cape the tomato fields and or­ange groves dur­ing seg­re­ga­tion.

Their works hang in homes across

Florida High­way­men

When: Pub­lic open­ing March 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Sam­ple-McDougald House, 450 NE 10th St., Pom­pano Beach. Con­tact: 954-691-5686, Pom­panoHis­tory.com. the United States, as well as in the White House, in city halls and mu­se­ums.

The orig­i­nal 26 artists, in­clud­ing one woman, Mary Ann Car­roll, were in­ducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004.

The an­nual show ben­e­fits preser­va­tion ef­forts f or t he 4,500-square-foot pi­o­neer homestead built in 1916, which is listed on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places.

Trues­dell will dis­cuss the birth of the loose-knit art move­ment as it ex­panded around Fort Pierce at the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety’s monthly meet­ing. The free event, which is open to the pub­lic, will be at 7 p.m. March 16 at 217 NE 4th Ave. in Pom­pano Beach.

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