Bass Reeves was born enslaved but escaped from his master and lived as an outlaw in the Indian Territory until the Emancipation Proclamation officially made him a free man. He went on to use the knowledge he gained during his time in hiding to become one of the most successful U.S. Deputy Marshals of his day.
Art T. Burton, Black Gun Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves. University of Nebraska Press, 2006.
Martin Grams, Jr., “Bass Reeves and the Lone Ranger: Debunking the Myth,” OTR Publishing, 2018.
Kathy Weiser, “Bass Reeves – Black Hero Marshal.” Legends of America, March 2017.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)