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Fort Smith in Sebastian County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Bass Reeves - Lawman on the Western Frontier

 
 
Bass Reeves - Lawman on the Western Frontier Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
1. Bass Reeves - Lawman on the Western Frontier Marker
Inscription. Bass Reeves, a slave born in Arkansas and reared in Texas, rose to become one of the best known and effective deputy U.S. marshals to ride out of Fort Smith for Judge Isaac C. Parker. Recognized as one of the first African Americans commissioned as a federal lawman on the western frontier, Reeves was a master of disguise, expert with firearms, and over a thirty year career, arrested thousands of felons, including his son and minister. Newspapers reported that he killed over twenty men in the line of duty.

After leaving Fort Smith, Reeves served the federal courts of Paris, Texas and Muskogee in the Indian Territory. Following Oklahoma statehood in 1907, he worked for the Muskogee Police Department until 1909. Reeves died in 1910 at the age of 71 in Muskogee. This statue is a dedication to Bass Reeves and all federal lawmen who bravely served our nation with valor, fortitude, and unwavering integrity.

Art T. Burton/Michael Groomer
 
Erected 2012 by The Bass Reeves Legacy Initiative Committee.
 
Location. 35° 23.361′ 
Bass Reeves - Lawman on the Western Frontier Statue image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
2. Bass Reeves - Lawman on the Western Frontier Statue
Bronze by Harold T. Holden is over 25 feet tall.
N, 94° 25.726′ W. Marker is in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in Sebastian County. Marker is on Garrison Ave (U.S. 64), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located within the Ross Pendergraft Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Garrison Avenue, Fort Smith AR 72901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves ( within shouting distance of this marker); The Womenís Jail, 1872-1888 ( within shouting distance of this marker); The Guardhouse, 1849-1871 ( within shouting distance of this marker); The Parade Grounds ( within shouting distance of this marker); The Flagstaff ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Reynolds - Davis Wholesale Grocery Company ( about 300 feet away); The Bastion That Never Was ( about 300 feet away); Old Federal Building ( about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Smith.
 
Also see . . .  Bass Reeves Legacy Monument Revealed. Video. “Reeves, an African-American man born into slavery in Crawford County, worked his entire life to overcome racial hardships eventually becoming
Bass Reeves - Lawman on the Western Frontier Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
3. Bass Reeves - Lawman on the Western Frontier Marker
The plaques are of many various donors who contributed towards erecting this statue.
the first black lawman west of the Mississippi River. He even earned the title of legend. Many say the unveiling was a long time coming. The monument took 5 years to create.” (Submitted on August 2, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
 
Additional keywords. Harold Holden,sculptor
 
Categories. African Americans
 
U.S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
4. U.S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves
"Into the Territories" Sculptor: Harold T. Holden Dedicated May 26th, 2012 Guest Reddick Architects
Bass Reeves - Lawman on the Western Frontier Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
5. Bass Reeves - Lawman on the Western Frontier Marker
Back to the Fort painted by Fort Smith artist John Bell Jr.
Bass Reeves - Lawman on the Western Frontier Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
6. Bass Reeves - Lawman on the Western Frontier Marker
Bass Reeves - Lawman on the Western Frontier Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
7. Bass Reeves - Lawman on the Western Frontier Marker
Bass Reeves - Donor Contribution Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
8. Bass Reeves - Donor Contribution Marker
Bass Reeves - Donor Contribution Marker #2 image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
9. Bass Reeves - Donor Contribution Marker #2
Bass Reeves - Donor Contribution Marker #3 image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
10. Bass Reeves - Donor Contribution Marker #3
Bass Reeves - Donor Contribution Marker #4 image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
11. Bass Reeves - Donor Contribution Marker #4
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12. Bass Reeves - Lawman on the Western Frontier
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 1,792 times since then and 129 times this year. Last updated on August 2, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page was the Marker of the Week August 12, 2012. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on July 28, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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