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Bass Reeves

Trish Thomas

Trish Thomas

Co-owner of Williamsburg Walking Tours since 2011, she offers guided tours of Williamsburg’s history, the African American experience in Williamsburg, and the Civil War in Williamsburg.

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If you have ever thought Hollywood is searching for scripts when you see tired run of the mill cookie cutter action movies, I can tell you one place they should be looking. The place..the relatively unexplored annals of Black History or African American history.

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Bass Reeves is a movie that is begging to be made into major motion picture and I have read of famous actors who have made this a goal. Yes, it was a lower budget production but I just want to see an Academy Award winning actor bring this person to life

The movie being made into a larger budget production is probably inevitable but I do have a few concerns. With mostwilliamsburg on site history lectures and tours stories Hollywood has to exaggerate to make it more exciting. If you read the historical account of Bass Reeves amazing life, you might realize Hollywood couldn’t include it all. And if they did, who would believe it.

Believe it..here are a few amazing facts that could show a Hollywood script writer a few things or two..by just telling the historical account.

  • He was a slave turned One Of The First Deputy Marshalls in history
  • He had over 3,000 arrests
  • He spoke multiple Native American Languages
  • He fled captivity after beating up his slave master during a card game
  • He was an excellent marksman
  • He was a big man over 6 feet tall
  • It is said he was calm, cool, and collected
  • He was an excellent detective
  • If you want a detailed account of Reeves check out this clip.

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Some historical clips

In depth look at Bass Reeves


A little dry but loaded with information

5 Facts About Bass Reeves

Some more interesting tidbits about this life

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