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Meet Al Black: Former Florida Prison Painter

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Published on Jul 4, 2012

Al Black is one of 26 artists known as The Highwaymen that were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004. But it was decades ago that, if you traveled by way of Florida's Route 1, you might have encountered them selling their lushly painted oil landscapes from their cars. Since then, their reputation has grown, but so has something else: Tension on their native turf in Fort Pierce, Fla.

The story of Al Black is exceptional: Drug addiction led to prison -- where he was given permission to paint his landscapes on the walls. Now out of jail, he gives a tour of where he once painted.

This video is part of "Southword," an ongoing multimedia collaboration between NPR and Oxford American magazine. (Video by Dave Anderson)

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