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SCC Bookmobile living history program to feature “Bass Reeves, First Black U.S. Marshall west of the Mississippi”

SCC Bookmobile living history program to feature “Bass Reeves, First Black U.S. Marshall west of the Mississippi”

The SCC Bookmobile’s next living-history program features “Bass Reeves, First Black U.S. Marshall west of the Mississippi,” on Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the SCC Bookmobile Library, this family-friendly, free event will be held in Donaghay Hall, Room DON-106, on Salem Community College’s campus at 460 Hollywood Ave. in Carneys Point. Guests should park in Lot D and enter through the double doors facing the parking lot.  

Portrayed by Keith Henley, Bass Reeves was an ex-slave born in 1838 in Crawford County, Arkansas.  After escaping slavery, he lived with the Cherokee, Seminole and the Creek Indians, where he learned the language and other skills used as a U.S. Marshall. As the first Black U.S. Marshall west of the Mississippi, Reeves was a peace officer in the Indian Territory and is known to have arrested over 3,000 felons, including one of his sons for murder. After 32 years of service, Bass retired in 1907 at the age of 68 in Muskogee, Okla.  

Funding for the program is provided by the Salem County Cultural and Heritage Commission and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities’ Public Scholars Project speakers program. 

For more information, contact Bookmobile Library Coordinator Margaret Masserini at (856) 351-2830 or mmasserini@salemcc.edu.