Sunday, February 17, 2013

African-American Life Focus Of Museum In March

Noted Community Leaders Speaking At Next Meeting - 'Highwaymen' Art On Display

LABELLE, FL. -- Carolyn Dozier-Ford, daughter of legendary local African American entrepreneur Daisy Dozier, and Martha Singleton, widow of revered LaBelle City Commissioner James Singleton, will be featured at the March 7 program meeting of LaBelle Heritage Museum at City Hall, 481 West Hickpochee Avenue, starting at 7 o'clock.

They will recount their own memories of life in LaBelle's Ford Park and Sunset Park community as well as recollecting stories told by old timers of life as it once was in LaBelle's African American community. 

The meeting like all LaBelle Heritage Museum programs is open to everyone interested in both recollecting our past and well as learning more about LaBelle's heritage. Everyone is asked to be seated by 7 o'clock to permit the program to start on time. 

Refreshments will follow the presentation and audience interaction. The evening will close with a short business meeting featuring highlights of the 18th Annual Old Timers Dinner.

LaBelle Heritage Museum will also have a retrospective of paintings by the Florida Highwaymen, itinerant self-taught African American landscape artists, who sold their paintings throughout South Florida for some 20 years starting in the 1970s.  (Photo above)

These paintings, on loan from local collectors, will be featured at the museum throughout March. Al Black, a frequent visitor to LaBelle where he sold his paintings to local businesses and individuals, will be the featured artist; however, the museum welcomes loans of works by the remaining 25 members of the Florida Highwaymen "school of art".

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