Winter Edition, Volume 2, Issue 1: Bass Reeves

When Judge Parker aka “The Hanging Judge” of Arkansas commissioned the United States Marshall in 1875 for the Indian Territories, Bass Reeves was named making him the first African American to so serve west of the Mississippi. Deputy Marshal Reeves served thirty-two years until 1907. Thereafter, he took a medical retirement from the Muskogee Police Department. He was an imposing 6’2” man who rode a white stallion and was feared by many. He is credited with over 3000 arrests during his career and is considered to have been one of the very best Marshalls in the country.


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