First Black US Marshal Honored


Saturday, August 12th 2006, 6:31 pm
By: News On 6


MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) _ The first black deputy U.S. marshal was commemorated Saturday at the Three Forks Museum in Muskogee.

Bass Reeves was a former slave and Civil War soldier who served 32 years with the U.S. Marshals Service under Judge Isaac Parker in Fort Smith, Arkansas, before Oklahoma statehood.

In 1907, Reeves joined the Muskogee Police Department and served for two years.