Donald Trump pardons Jack Johnson

Donald Trump pardons Jack Johnson

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.

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