Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit salutes Black History Month by honoring patriots who fought for freedom. Today's honoree is Frontier Marshall Bass Reeves.
Reeves was considered to one of the first African Americans to be sworn in as a deputy U. S. Marshall west of the Mississippi. He was one of the most well known and popular deputy marshals to serve during the 19th century.
While he was not the only black deputy to serve the Fort Smith Court, he was perhaps the most respected. Using his skills in firearms, knowledge of several Indian dialects, and numerous disguises, he arrested many criminals in Indian Territory and brought them to Fort Smith to stand trial.
One contemporary news account of his career said "Bass has a place in the front rank of those who cleansed out the old Indian Territory of outlaws and desperadoes."
If you don't like guns, you probably don't know your history. Yep, I said it.
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