I first learned of the Highwaymen in the late 1990’s. The Highwaymen are group of black artists consisting of 26 members, starting in the mid-1950’s, that were loosely associated and living in the area of Vero Beach and Ft. Pierce. The group’s initial artist, Harold Newton was from Gifford and lived near RA McLendon who in time became the groups second Highwaymen.
In 1994, curator Jim Fitch gave them the name The Highwaymen. This group has achieved many positive benchmarks since being named. Several milestones, which include there 2004 induction into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, several important Highwaymen museum exhibitions and NPR’s national broadcast on over 1100 radio station across our country.
Today we are very involved in all things Highwaymen, from shows we attend to curating Highwaymen museum exhibitions. We were the buyers of the first Highwaymen painting to exceed $10,000. The painting that set this record was purchased from a friend’s grandmother who purchased it at a Vero Beach yard sale fifty years ago for $10.
Highwaymen Art Specialists recognizes the importance of what the Highwaymen accomplished. There story is the American success story, starting something from nothing, capturing Florida in a special era of time and creating something they weren’t expected to, artwork.