Donald Trump grants posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, boxing’s first black heavyweight champion.
Jack Johnson was convicted in 1913 of violating the Mann Act. The charge was that he transported a white woman across state lines “for immoral purposes.”
Belle Schreiber was the woman that Johnson transported. She had been in a steady relationship with Johnson.
Johnson was sentenced to a year in prison, but he fled the country for several years, returning in 1920 to serve his sentence.