Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Bass Reeves Is Topic at Library’s Book Luncheon

Omar T. Reed will present a program on Federal Marshal Bass Reeves at the book luncheon at noon Oct. 5 at Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library in Sallisaw.

Reed portrays a number of people, including a fur trader, slave, freedman, Civil War soldier and Bass Reeves at the Fort Gibson Historic Site and Interpretive Center.

Bass Reeves was one of the first black deputy U.S. Marshals west of the Mississippi River, and worked in Arkansas and the Indian Territory. During his career he claimed to have arrested over 3,000 felons and shot and killed 14 outlaws in self-defense.

Reeves worked for 32 years as a federal peace officer in Indian Territory and was one of Judge Isaac Parker’s most valued deputies. Reeves brought in some of the most dangerous criminals of the time, but was never wounded in spite of having his hat and belt shot off on separate occasions. Once he had to arrest his own son for murder.

The free program is hosted by Friends of the Library. To make reservations to attend the program call the library at 918-775-4481.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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