The story of Black frontier lawman Bass Reeves, the ‘real Lone Ranger’

John Landecker

In a Wednesday, July 10, 2013, photo a statue of U.S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves greets visitors to Fort Smith, Ark., Reeves, a former slave born in Arkansas and raised in Texas, became one of the best known deputy U.S. marshals to ride out of Fort Smith, according to a sign near the statue. (AP Photo/Jeannie Nuss)

For years, Marshall Bass Reeves was one of the most revered and feared lawmen in the American West. Brining in thousands of criminals over a 30 year career, Marshall Reeves’ story opens up a conversation about Black Americans in the Wild West. Author Art T. Burton joins John Landecker to dive into the history of Marshall Reeves and reclaiming his legacy.

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