Bass Reeves (a.k.a., The Black Badge) was a former slave that became the first black U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi River. Credited with arresting over 3,000 felons, Bass Reeves had a reputation of always bringing in the fugitive that he was assigned to capture dead or alive. Some criminals turned themselves in after hearing word that The Black Badge was looking for them. While being a prestigious U.S. Marshal, Bass Reeves experienced prejudices from his own colleagues as some of them detested the fact that he was giving orders to white criminals while he would transport them to jail. One incident with his colleague almost sparked a shootout. Many believe that the main character of the television show, The Lone Ranger, was inspired by the career and life of The Black Badge.