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TheGrio Keeping Black History Alive is a series that delves into the rich tapestry of Black history, both past and present, to shine a spotlight on often overlooked gems and unsung heroes. From the iconic “Negro Kiss” to the revolutionary impact of Sesame Street, and the trailblazing achievements of contemporary figures like Marques Brownlee and Jackie Aina, each episode unveils a compelling chapter of Black experience.

Bass Reeves Was the Original Lone Ranger

Feb. 29, 2024 – 01:38 – This year for Black History Month, we’re honoring the legacy of Black Pioneers whose resilience and courage changed American history forever. We continue Keeping Black History Alive by shining a spotlight on Bass Reeves, the original Lone Ranger. Bass Reeves was born into slavery in Arkansas. As a young man, Reeves fled into the Indigenous Territory of Oklahoma. Rumor has it he fled after getting into a fight with his owner over a card game. He lived among the Seminole Nation and learned the languages of the Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole. He became trained in Native American ways of tracking and hunting. U.S. Marshall James Fagen needed help taming the Wild West. Fagen heard about Reeves who knew the Indigenous territory and could speak Native American languages. Reeves was hired as deputy U.S. Marshall in 1875. He became the first Black deputy to serve west of the Mississippi River. He brought in some of the most dangerous fugitives of the time. Some accounts claimed he threw more men in jail than any other Marshal in U.S. history.

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Bass Reeves Was the Original Lone Ranger

Bass Reeves Was the Original Lone Ranger

Bass Reeves Was the Original Lone Ranger

Bass Reeves Was the Original Lone Ranger

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Bass Reeves Was the Original Lone Ranger

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Michael W. Twitty Preserves Culture Through Food

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Anne Lowe Was Fashion's Best Kept Secret

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Gladys Bentley Broke Boundaries in Music & Fashion

Gladys Bentley Broke Boundaries in Music & Fashion

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Pat McGrath is the Mother of Makeup

Twinkie Clark is Truly Gospel's Vanguard

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Marques Brownlee is the Ultimate Voice of Tech

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Issa Rae Carved Her Own Path to Stardom

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Willi Ninja is the Godfather of Vogue

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