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Oklahoma profile: Bass Reeves – part 3


October 4, 2019

Bass Reeves, a former slave, became a deputy U.S. marshal who helped bring law and order to Indian and Oklahoma territories from 1875 to 1907.

During that time, he earned a reputation as a no-nonsense officer who almost always found the criminals he was supposed to arrest.

Reeves was one of a few African Americans to serve as a deputy marshal, and he became one of the most renowned law enforcement officers in Oklahoma history.

During his career, Reeves killed 14 men who resisted arrest because they did not want to face the punishment that awaited them in Judge Isaac Parker’s federal cour...

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