Black Lone Ranger

Well, well, well, maybe there was a real life version of the Lone Ranger and maybe he was a former slave turned 19th century deputy U.S. marshal.

At The Root, Henry Louise Gates, Jr., has a great piece on Bass Reeves, a black man "who, for more than 30 years, patrolled the western territories hauling in outlaws of every stripe—and race."

Image credit: Wikimedia commons

Image credit: Wikimedia commons

In the play world in which I grew up, there were ‘white’ cowboys and ‘red’ Indians. In Reeves’ world, everything was more mixed.
— Henry Louis Gates, Jr.