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Updated: 07/10/2014 02:10:06PM

Florida Highwaymen sale at Mission Valley CC

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY THE MISSION VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB

Painting by WIllie Daniels will be among several by the Highwaymen to be auctioned at Mission Valley Country Club Jan. 17-19.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY THE MISSION VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB
Painting by Rodney Demps of the Highwaymen will be auctioned at MIssion Valley Country Club sale Jan. 17-19.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY THE MISSION VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB
Painting by WIllie Daniels will be among several by the Highwaymen to be auctioned at Mission Valley Country Club Jan. 17-19.

By KIM COOL

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Traveling the highways and byways of Florida for some 40 years, a group of 26 self-taught African-American artists supported themselves by painting what they saw in tropical Florida.

Known as The Highwaymen, they sold their work door to door and even from car trunks along “highways” from the 1950s to the 1980s. The group is said to have numbered 26 artists who painted some 200,000 pictures over the years. Using what they had rather than expensive art canvas, they often sold work that was still wet, some painted on boards or whatever was available.

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