Bass Reeves (1838-1910) was a African American sheriff in Arkansas. brought in hundreds of convicts. He was born as a slave, but then escaped his abusive master. He was one of the first African Americans to work in law enforcement west of the Mississippi River.
- Burton, Art (July 23, 2009 [last update]). "Bass Reeves (1838–1910) - Encyclopedia of Arkansas }". encyclopediaofarkansas.net. http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=1747. Retrieved March 29, 2011.