On Saturday, July 16th, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, ten of the 26 original Florida Highwaymen Artists will have an art show and sale at the Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum, 515 10th Ave. West, Palmetto. This show is part of the summer-long Highwaymen exhibit that is on display through August 12th. The Florida Highwaymen are a small group of African American landscape artists who began painting in the late 1950s. The paintings were then sold out of the trunk of their cars, as the artists went from door to door at homes and business offices or set up shop on a busy corner at the side of the road. Their bright and sultry images of Florida’s tropical beauty were sold for as little as twenty or thirty dollars. Today their paintings are widely sought after collectibles. The Highwaymen originated from the Fort Pierce, Florida area when a white artist, Albert Ernest “Bean” Backus began to tutor a young African American teen named Alfred Hair. “Bean” not only taught Hair, but he influenced other young artists interested in exploring their creativity and developing a similar, yet unique style of their ownas well as making a living outside of the back-breaking labor in citrus groves and tomato fields. In 1995 the term “Highwaymen” was coined by Jim Fitch, a Florida museum curator, who wrote an article about the artists for the magazine “Antiques and Art Around Florida.” Come out and see the paintings and learn about the Highwaymen - a unique part of Florida history. For more information, call 721-2034.