by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/25/18, 12:33 pm
President Donald Trump on Thursday granted a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, boxing’s first African-American heavyweight champion. In 1913, an all-white jury convicted Johnson of violating the Mann Act for traveling with his white girlfriend. That law made it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral purposes.” Johnson spent seven years as a fugitive after the verdict but eventually turned himself in and spent 10 months in prison.