Bass Reeves was the ranger working in in Arkansas and the Oklahoma Territory.
The wild-wild West usually portrays the story of white men riding on horsebacks fighting crime and slinging guns to the tune of smooth country music but did you know about the first black ranger who strode the wilderness and captured felons left, right and center? Well, the man was Bass Reeves, the first black deputy U.S. marshal west of the Mississippi River.
Born in slavery, in Crawford County, Arkansas, in 1838, he knew the Indian territory well and spoke several languages. He was appointed as the deputy U.S. marshal and had a career of over 32 years working in different Indian territories. He retired in 1907 and it is believed that he had arrested over 3,000 felons and had killed 14 outlaws at different times to save his life.
A movie is now being made on his life and would be directed by Wes Miller. The movie, Hell On The Border, is set to release in 2020 and the role of Bass Reeves would be played by David Gyasi. The supporting cast also includes Ron Perlman and Frank Grillo. The story would depict the life, struggles, and adventures of a ranger in the wild-west in the post-Civil War United States.