They would end up making about 200,000 paintings that are heavily sought after today. Their work hangs in corporate offices, banks and museums all over the US.
Personally, I don't care too much for their stuff. It is a little florid for me, but it is certainly Florida. It is too reminiscent of what is called California art: warehouses of people doing a fast painting of one scene all day. These then are sold in various venues, often cut-rate but honest in that it is an original oil.
So here's to the Florida Highwaymen, who broke with their down-and-out brethren and did something truly fantastic. Not only did they inspire with their paint brushes, but they also serve as a reminder that entrepreneurial spirit is something that begins with a single, simple idea.
Imagine, a group of unemployed black men in Jim Crow South purchasing boards and oil paints and making a living doing something they had never dreamed of doing. These guys in their own way did something truly heroic.