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By David Volz
Al Black can remember the struggles that African American artists faced years ago when they tried to sell their paintings. He is one of the original Florida Highwaymen and began as a salesman for other artists in the group. They would travel the highways of Florida and sell their paintings door to door or from their cars.
“I remember what it was like back then,” he said. “Now we are getting a lot more money for our paintings.”
Black enjoys painting Florida landscapes. “I have some paintings of Royal Poinciana trees here,” said Black.
He was among 11 Florida Highwaymen who displayed their paintings at the Sample-McDougald House art show on March 20 and 21. Many people came to view their work and to purchase paintings. Most of the work involves Florida landscapes.
Roy McLendon participated in the event. “I just like to paint,” he said.
James Gibson, one of the original Florida Highwaymen, has many of his works on display at the Florida Governor’s Mansion and Florida government buildings. “I love to paint Florida landscapes,” he said.