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Right of Way: The Highwaymen

When a group of young and promising African American artists was confronted with a race-based social system during the Civil Rights Era, they devised a way to negotiate the segregated color lines designed to limit their opportunities – they bypassed them by taking their art on the road. By selling their works not in a traditional gallery but from the trunk of a car, these vivid and bold paintings found eager customers up and down the Atlantic Coast of Florida. Their path to success broke through barriers, and is a story of intuitive talents, dramatic paintings, and resourceful practices that would earn state and national recognition, and continues to inspire today.