Explainer: Florida New Laws, Collecting Holocaust Survivor Stories & Florida Highwaymen Exhibit

Jan 3, 2019

The new year means a number of new laws for Floridians -- from an increase of the state minimum wage to a break on insurance bills and voting rights for felons. This host of new laws will affect taxes, paychecks or eligibility to vote for residents of the state. Executive Editor for News Service of Florida Jim Saunders joined Sundial with an update and breakdown on how new Florida laws and federal laws will impact the residents of the state.

Next, the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. is seeking contributions from Holocaust survivors in South Florida to add to their collection. Aimee Rubensteen is the South Florida Acquisitions Curator and has been finding and preserving Holocaust Survivors' stories across the region. She joined Sundial to explain why the timing is essential now and what they’re hoping to add to the museum.

If you have a story you want to share with the museum you can contact Rubensteen. Email: arubensteen@ushmm.org or call: 786-496-2788. 

And the story of the Florida Highwaymen. The group of 26 self-taught African American landscape painters, 25 men and one woman originated from the Fort Pierce area. Their paintings have played an essential role in capturing the state’s landscape in the mid-20th century. And to this day, some of the original painters are continuing their work. Several of the group’s pieces will be on display at the Levis JCC Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center in Boca Raton beginning this weekend until Jan. 30. Author of the book "The Highwaymen: Florida’s African American Landscape Painters,” Gary Monroe will be giving a special talk about the Highwaymen at the opening of the exhibit on Jan. 6 along with a live painting from one of the sons of the original Highwaymen. Monroe joined Sundial for some more historical context on this group of artists.