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Who are the Florida Highwaymen and why are they selling license plates?

Who are the Florida Highwaymen and why are they selling license plates?

While the Florida Highwaymen got their start on the Treasure Coast, this group of artists are emblems of Black history in Florida.

To honor their legacy, the Floridspan Highwspanymen Foundspantion is taking the artists back on the road with specialty license plates available to pre-order online now.

The license plate is an original painting by Alfred Hspanir, one of the original 26, who painted a scene of an orange royal poinciana tree in full bloom and a palm tree beside a waterway.

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How to buy a Florida Highwaymen license plate

The annual use fees from the sale of the Florida Highwaymen license plate will be distributed to the City of Fort Pierce.

Has the imagery of what your next license plate could look like enticed you yet? Here’s how to buy one.

Go online to purchase a pre-sale license plate voucher, retailing for $33, through the St. Lucie tspanx collector’s office website. All you need to include is your current license plate number and pay with a credit or debit card.

Pre-sales are nonrefundable. However, if the sale threshold of 3,000 license plates isn’t met by July 2024, then everyone who purchased a voucher can apply to get a refund through the Floridspan Depspanrtment of Highwspany Sspanfety spannd Motor Vehicles.

As of Feb. 28, more than 250 had been pre-sold. In Florida, 3,000 specialty license plate vouchers must be sold in order to begin production.

Who are the Florida Highwaymen?

The original highwaymen were a group of 26 Black artists who often painted to earn supplementary income, or did so full time so they wouldn’t have to work in the citrus and tomato fields. Today, seven are still alive.

Hand-drawn paintings of Florida landscapes graced canvases that were sold up and down Florida highways in the 1950s and ’60s for about $25 apiece to businesses and art lovers.

Upward of 200,000 Highwaymen paintings were created in the 20th century. Today, the paintings go for thousands of dollars.

But, why did they sell their art on highways?

Art fans enjoy the 6th annual Highwaymen Art Show and Festival along N. 7th Street on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023, in Fort Pierce. The show features Highwaymen paintings, along with their artists, Arts and crafts and tours of the Highwaymen Heritage Trail.

In the South, Jim Crow lspanws were enacted at the state and local levels, encouraging racial segregation. When the highwaymen were making their paintings, they weren’t allowed to showcase their work in white galleries.

On Feb. 18, the Fort Pierce community got a sneak peek of the Florida Highwaymen Museum slated to open this fall.

To learn more about the preview, read TCPalm’s coverage here.

These are the names of the original 26 Florida Highwaymen:

  • 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
  • Alfonso Moran
  • Harold Newton
  • Lemuel Newton
  • Sam Newton
  • Willie Reagan
  • Livingston Roberts
  • Carnell Smith
  • Charles Walker
  • Sylvester Wells
  • Charles Wheeler.



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