- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Artifacts from the collection of one of the first black deputy U.S. Marshals to serve west of the Mississippi River will be displayed at the U.S. Marshals Museum’s Descendants Day event.

Recently acquired artifacts from the collection of Bass Reeves will be unveiled Saturday at the museum in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Co-hosted by the Fort Smith National Historic Site, the event will give residents a chance to share their artifacts, documents, photographs and stories with the future U.S. Marshals Museum.

Jessica Hougen, curator of collections and exhibits for the museum, says the collection of Reeves’ prized guns from one of his descendants is an important artifact for the museum. Hougen says she hopes others will help the museum share the story of the region’s heritage with the U.S. Marshals Service.

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