Branded Black Publishing, P.O. Box 271881 Okc, Okla 73137 1-888-869-6290
Copyright 2010 Branded Black Publishing All Rights Reserved
Bass Reeves‚ born in Lamar County‚ Texas in the year of 1838 was a slave to Colonel George Reeves‚ Bass Reeves stood 6’2 and weighed in at 200 lbs.
Bass fled Texas for Indian Territory after getting into a fight with his master‚ and hitting him in a card game. It was there in Indian Territory where Bass Reeves fought with Union Indians in the Territory during the Civil War‚ and where he learned the Indian tongue‚ mostly Creek. After the Civil War he worked as a scout and tracker for peace officers.
In the year of 1875‚ Judge Isaac Parker seeked him out to ask if he would join the Marshal service. It is believed that Bass Reaves was the first commissioned African American Marshal west of the Mississippi River.
During his time with the Marshal service he killed fourteen men in the line of duty‚ and was known as a master of disguise. Bass Reeves could not read so he had to memorize the faces on the writs he received as someone spoke out their name.
It has been said that Bass Reaves would leave Fort Smith (Arkansas)‚ work west to Fort Reno (El Reno)‚ ride to Fort Sill (present day Lawton)‚ and then back to Fort Smith. The trip covered approximately 900 miles.
Bass Reaves ended his thirty five year career in Muskogee‚ and died January 12‚ 1910.
Called "the greatest sweat and dirt cowhand that ever lived" by many, Bill Pickett was a five foot six inch, hundred forty-five pound Black Cherokee who worked for the Millers of the 101 Ranch. It is said that he invented "bulldogging" or the art of "steer wrestling".
His technique was different from today's version. It is said that while he rode his horse, he would jump a steer, grab it's upper lip with his teeth, and then let his hands drop to the side, holding the steer only with his teeth. He would then fall to one side of the steer while dragging the animal down with him.
Sometimes called the Dusky Demon or "the Wonderful Colored Cowboy", Bill Pickett had to disguise his race until he became famous since many rodeos did not allow black participants. He would dress as a Mexican toreador, and aboard his horse Spradley silence the crowd with his bravado.
In his lifetime Bill Pickett made two movies making him the first Black cowboy movie star, and in 1972 he became the first African-American to be inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame.
Bill Pickett was born in 1860 and died April 2, 1932.