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The City of Fort Pierce’s annual tribute to the world-renown Florida Highwaymen Artists and their contribution to the rich cultural history of Fort Pierce will be held Saturday, February 15 from 10am-4pm at Moore’s Creek Linear Park, at the corner of Avenue D and 8th Street. Moore’s Creek Linear Park is located in the heart of the Lincoln Park neighborhood, the birthplace of the Highwaymen artists who are said to have begun the ‘Last Great American Art Movement of the 20th Century.”
This free event will feature many of the ‘Original’ and 2nd Generation Highwaymen Artists who will be on hand displaying and selling their art, as well as tribute booths for several of the deceased artists. The festival will also include displays from regional artists and arts organizations, live jazz music, an exhibit of area 5th grade Highwaymen Art Contest entries, food and novelty vendors and a Kid’s Zone.
Free guided tours of the award-winning Highwaymen Heritage Trail will be available throughout the event, by reservation only, by calling 772-467-3183. The Trail’s colorful markers, magnificent public art and informative website help convey the plight, fortitude, entrepreneurial spirit and accomplishments of these African Americans Artists starting in the 1950s through their induction into the Florida Artist Hall of Fame in 2004.
The A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery will host a Highwaymen Open House Weekend February 14 - 16 in conjunction with the Highwaymen Festival. A special weekend sale of stellar vintage Highwaymen paintings as well as a free shuttle for visitors to travel between the Highwaymen Heritage Trail Festival and the Backus Museum will be provided.
More information on the event is available by calling 772-467-3183 or by visiting thehighwaymentrail.com and https://cityoffortpierce.com