Leonce Gaiter: Rufus Buck's Anti-Black History Month History Lesson
For Black History Month, I present to you a very young man who had a dream -- and to achieve it, he murdered and marauded.
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#1 Feb 24, 2012
Rufus Buck was one of the most deadliest if not the craziest of all the Wild West outlaws. Because of his brutality, I place him at number one on the Wild West's Most Wanted list. The Rufus Buck Gang was made up of three Native American teenagers and one African-American teenager. Rufus Buck was said to be part Euchee, or Seminole Indian. On July 5, 1895, Rufus Buck and his gang stormed through the town of Preston, Oklahoma, in the Indian Territory, with stolen Winchester rifles. They killed John Garrett, a lawman, shot down a 14-year-old boy, assaulted a young woman, shot an old man, and robbed a store. In January of 1896, Judge Issac Charles Parker appointed Captain Edmund John Harry of the Cherokee Light Horse Brigade to capture the Rufus Buck Gang. On July 23, the gang was spotted near the town of Olmugee and caught. They were taken to Muskogee to await trial. Sheriff Brock Stanton and Marshal Tom Rutherford appeared in court on October 1st along with the Rufus Buck Gang. Judge Parker gave his verdict:Guilty. Rufus Buck and his gang were legally hanged on October 7, 1896 at the Parker Court House, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Rufus Buck was believed to be 19. His poem, "My Dream" is now at the local museum in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Rufus Buck is considered one of the most deadliest outlaws in the Wild West. A movie about Rufus Buck was released last year.
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