Was The Real Lone Ranger Was A Black Man?

Bass Reeves (July 1838 – 12 January 1910), one of the first black Deputy U.S. Marshals west of the Mississippi River.

Reeves worked for thirty-two years as a Federal peace officer in the Indian Territory. He was one of Judge Parker's most valued deputies.

Reeves brought in some of the most dangerous criminals of the time, but was never wounded, despite having his hat and belt shot off on separate occasions.

Once he had to arrest his own son for murder.

In addition to being a marksman with a rifle and pistol, Reeves, during his long career, developed superior detective skills. When he retired in 1907, Reeves claimed to have arrested over 3,000 felons.

He is said to have shot and killed fourteen outlaws to defend his own life.