FORT SMITH, Ark. — A monument to celebrated deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves will begin its trip from Oklahoma to the site of its home in Arkansas.
The Bass Reeves Legacy Initiative says representatives from 23 law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma are scheduled to escort the bronze statue along Interstate 40, from Oklahoma City eastward toward Arkansas on Wednesday. Officials say the statue is set to arrive about 3 p.m. at Pendergraft Park in Fort Smith.
Born a slave in 1838, Reeves became one of the first black deputies appointed by U.S. District Judge Isaac Parker. He chased outlaws in Indian Territory, now eastern Oklahoma, and western Arkansas from 1872 to 1910.
The initiative commissioned Enid, Okla., artist Harold Holden to do the monument, and it was completed at a foundry in Norman.