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Turtle 12, inspired by Florida Highwaymen, to be added to Flagler County government building

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'Journey' to be unveiled on March 29.
by: Guest Writer

by: Nancy Crouch

Palm Coast Arts Foundation

The Palm Coast Arts Foundation announced the unveiling of “Journey” a Florida Highwaymen-inspired turtle to be unveiled at 4 p.m. Monday, March 29, at the Flagler County Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Blvd, Building 2, in Bunnell.

“Journey,” sponsored by Awilda Hamilton, Hayes Jackson, Sam Brunetti, and A.J. Barr (also the artist), will be the first indoor turtle to be unveiled. 

“Though the accomplishments of the Florida Highwaymen pre-dates Still I Rise by Maya Angelou, the poem certainly describes their internal fortitude,” Hamilton said.  

“It’s quite an honor that our building has been selected for the first indoor turtle,” said Board of County Commissioners Chair Donald O’Brien. “These artist-created turtles are amazing, so we are all really looking forward to this.”

This sculpture commemorates the group of 26 (25 men and one woman) known as “The Florida Highwaymen.” Without formal art schooling, these now iconic mid-20th century African American painters sold paintings traversing the Florida highways. They left a legacy of hard work and perseverance.   

Discover all the public art turtles on the Turtle Trail at www.palmcoastartsfoundation.com/theturtle-trail  

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