Bass Reeves Legacy Day & Western History Conference
Bring the story of Bass Reeves to life with the Bass Reeves Legacy Lawmen & Outlaw Tour in Muskogee. Bass Reeves was the first African-American to be commissioned as a U.S. Deputy Marshal west of the Mississippi River. After Oklahoma gained statehood in 1907, Jim Crow laws prevented him from continuing as a deputy marshal, and he joined the Muskogee Police Department.
The Bass Reeves Legacy Lawmen & Outlaw Tour will take guests along Bass Reeves' route in Muskogee. Along the way, you'll meet with different characters that Bass Reeves interacted with, including Judge Shackelford, reporter Ora Edleman Reed, lawman Bud Ledbetter and Bass' family. This event will also include mock gunfights. After the tour, return to the Three Forks Museum for a delicious meal and live music. In addition to the annual event memorializing Bass Reeves, Muskogee is also home to the Bass Reeves Memorial Bridges along Highway 62.