This challenge centers around an actual historical figure, by the name of Bass Reeves. The design doesn't have to be based exactly upon him, but his life and experience should influence it. The same way movie or animated characters may be 'inspired by' real-world people and personalities.
a short biography can be found here: http://artofmanliness.com/2011/04/24/lessons-in-manliness-from-bass-reeves/
Gentlemen, have at!