ARCADIA – Muskogee filmmaker Oscar Dean Ray will bring a modern-day message to the Arcadia Round Barn on March 23 with his portrayal of the territorial lawman Bass Reeves.
“His focus was to corral bullies,” Mr. Ray said of Reeves, who was the first Black deputy U.S. marshal to serve west of the Mississippi River.
The filmmaker said when he speaks to young people about Reeves, he tells them “he went out to round up the bullies, to get them out of town.”
Mr. Ray said kids might not think they can relate to someone who served as a law officer in the late 1800’s, so, he explains the concepts of law and order and honor and integrity in more contemporary terms.
Reeves, who was born into slavery, served as a deputy marshal in the Oklahoma and Indian territories and in northeast Texas from 1875 to 1907, arresting more than 3,000 felons. He finished his career as a Muskogee police officer and died in 1910.
Dressed as a deputy federal marshal of the period, the Muskogee filmmaker will present an interactive historical re-enactment...... To read more, subscribe to the blackchronicle newspaper