FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN HISTORIC ARTIST
AJ BROWN, A HISTORY MAKER!

During the 1960s, 70s, and 80s doodling, coloring, and painting through-out childhood offered Brown a pleasant gratification. A more serious interest wasn't particularly gained until the early 1990s. As a young lady, Brown's first mural was on her bedroom wall in Pembroke Pines, Florida, a scene she called Eleuthera, Bahamas. Additional paintings were on tables and chairs. AJ Brown was born in Virginia, and raised in Miami's Historic Over-Town. Fort Pierce, Florida was Brown's second home since her childhood. Brown's roots began in a place the family caledl home, the southern state of Florida, was in the northern city of Tallahassee. Brown was raised by a single mother and her grandmother; both of the women were multi-talented. Brown's grandmother, Ida Mae Francis Black was herself an artist, she had the gift from God. A multiracial heritage of white, black, and Native American Seminole Indian, life difficult during the early 1900's. Brown's great great grandmother D-Eye, was a full-blooded Seminole, who helped raised Brown's grandmother, and her children. As the family history is shared, D-Eye would move her long jet black hair to the side, just to keep from sitting on it. A known commonality among the Native Americans, and one of grandmother's many traits.

Brown's grandmother married German Jones. Brown's grandfather was a young man when one day, while on his way to work, he suddenly fell dead with a heart attack. That was grandmother's first heartbreak, she knew there would never be another quite like him. The traits of the Brown's family white blood-line gene was strong, her grandmother's long black hair and white skin dominated her appearance as white. As a child, growing-up with her grandmother, the color of her skin never dawned on Brown, and Brown never realized she was anything other than her grandmother, whom she loved dearly.

Brown's grandmother was born in Tallahassee in 1914. During the 1940s, she raised six mixed children. One day Brown's grandmother and her siblings were forced to leave their home, by the KKK. The proud loving mother was threatened and for the protection of her multiracial family, she relocated. Her three daughters was mixed with Indian and black, one daughter dominated the black gene. There were two sons, one white son, and one black son. Her kids took on her heritage and each of her traits. During the 1930s and '40s mixing of the races placed grandmother in seroious violation of the Jim Crow Law's. There were many hard times raising a family of six without a husband, the era made the life of grandmother, and her children, not only difficult but dangerous.

As kids Brown's grandmother, asked her grandchildren to paint her statues of Mother Mary, and two soldiers, she said they represented her two sons. It was the beginning of other projects grandmother would ask her grandchildren to paint. Her only white son was left living in Rochester NY, with a white family, but after several address relocations, he was never to be seen again. Her only black son, Spec 4 Paul Jones was killed in Vietnam action three weeks before he was to return home, he never saw his 21st birthday.

Brown spent summer vacations in Fort Pierce Florida, 2513 Avenue J, with her aunt, and uncle. A long-time respected member of the community, uncle Alfred owned a stucco business. During the ’60s, Brown attended fourth grade at Means Court Elementary, while living with a second aunt, and uncle at 516 N. 17th Street. For Brown, the country living of Fort Pierce was a very different experience than growing up in the city life of Miami Florida.

Although the Highwaymen did not receive fame until the 1990s, during the ’60s, Brown's uncle supported the young black artists by purchasing a large collection of their art. To name a few, Harold Newton on black velvet, Alfred Hair, Livingston Roberts, and Mary-Ann Carroll who traded her art work for uncle's stucco services on her house. AJ Brown was raised with Highwaymen art, uncle Alfred offered her first childhood introduction, during summer vacations in Fort Pierce.

A destiny that seemed to be all in God’s plan, lead to a life-changing career for Brown. On long hot summer days, Brown was drawn to the pink sunrises, and vivid sunsets. With Brown's wild imagination, she imagined herself swimming, boating, and fishing with family, and friends in the oil painted scenes that hung on the walls of her uncle's house, which told colorful stories of life growing up on the Atlantic coast shorelines in the deep south of Fort Pierce, Florida.

Within the Brown's family history, there are empty spaces of long loss bloodline relatives, Known members exist or existed but lost connections. There are a host of dynamics, and reasons why many were never connected, and reconnected. The family names are Black, Williams, Jones, and a few others not mentioned here. It is a struggle to discover the family roots but crucial to complete their family tree.

It was years later, when Brown's grandmother stopped traveling the highways of Florida. Brown's grandmother and part of her family settled in Fort, Pierce Florida, and later she, and a few siblings moved deeper south, and settled in Over-town Miami, and several surrounding areas.

AJ Brown is a member of a God Star family, and she is a Blue Star mother of two, who fought and served Iraq, and Korea. Brown is rooted in a long-line of soldiers, and over decades their family has served the United States Army, Air Force, and Marines. Brown honors those who has loss their lives, and the brave heart of a hero who is remembered!


Memories

Florida Highwaymen artists Al Black, AJ Brown, and Carnell Smith are members of the City of Fort Pierce Highwaymen Heritage Trail

Highwaymen AL "Blood" Black, Carnell "Pete" Smith & AJ Brown 2009

Florida Original Highwaymen Artist Johnny Daniels is a member of the City of Fort Pierce, Florida, Highwaymen Trail

Highwaymen Trail Monument Johnny Daniels Grave-site by AJ Brown 2009

Original Sylvester Wells, Historic 2nd Generation Roy McLendon and A J Brown

Florida Highwaymen Exhibition Opening Night Gala a Big Hit

Highwaymen AJ Brown is a member of the City of Fort Pierce Highwaymen Trail

Alzheimer's fundraiser AJ donates her finest work 2009, early morning sail

2008 Original Highwaymen and Historic AJ Brown are a part of the Fort Pierce, Florida Highwaymen Trail

2008 Roy McLendon Sr. visits Johnny Daniels and AJ Brown

The Only Original Female and Historic Highwaymen AJ Brown are a part of the Fort Pierce, Florida Highwaymen Trail

2009 AJ Brown 2nd Gen and Ms First Lady MaryAnn Carroll

Historic 2nd Generation Highwaymen women of Fort Pierce, Florida

2009 Diane Roberts, Gertrude Walker, AJ Brown 2nd Gen Highway-women

All are members of the Highwaymen Trail and Fort Pierce Tours

2009 Alzheimer’s Fundraiser
Ms First Lady MaryAnn Carroll, Richard Edwards, AJ Brown

Gallery Art

2nd generation A J Brown a member of the highwaymen trail

“Primitive Poinciana” by A J Brown

Paintings by 2nd generation A J Brown a member of the Highwaymen Trail

“Stormy Palms” by A J Brown

The Highwaymen Trail, a significant part of Highwaymen history

“Picking’ Oranges” by A J Brown

A J Brown is a member of the fort pierce Highwaymen trail

“Moonlite Over Rivers Edge” by A J Brown

fort pierce tours

“Docks by Poinciana Palms” by A J Brown

fort pierce tours

“Tangerine Skies” by A J Brown

a member of fort pierce tours

“Poinciana Curve” by A J Brown

Fort Pierce Florida Highwaymen Trail