Donald Trump tweets he's considering pardon of boxer Jack Johnson

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In 1913 Johnson was charged under the Mann Act with transporting a prostitute across state lines.

The US president announced on Saturday that the actor Sylvester Stallone, a friend of his, had called to bring Johnson's story to his attention.

Activists and family members have long advocated for Johnson's posthumous pardon, as have USA officials like Sen. "His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial", Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

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Johnson won the world heavyweight crown in 1908 in Sydney, beating the reigning Tommy Burns of Canada. "Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!". Johnson defeated James Jeffries, a white boxer, in a major boxing match in 1910. "In the end he got old, like we all do, and he got knocked out by Jess Willard". According to a contemporary report in The Dallas Express, Johnson's fights were the showpiece of a Thanksgiving Day event organized by the prison's warden. It took the all-white jury less than two hours to convict him.

Inside their attempts to overthrow Johnson, authorities 1st focused Johnson's romantic relationship with the girl in question, " Lucille Cameron, who became his wife, however, she refused to collaborate.

But they found another white witness, Belle Schreiber, to testify against him. After his conviction, Johnson fled the country.

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After his release, Johnson reportedly continued fighting well into his sixties but was killed in a auto crash in 1946 at the age of 68. Years later, he agreed to come back to serve a 10-month sentence.

"While it is unfortunate that this unjust conviction was not corrected during the boxer's lifetime, a posthumous pardon today represents the opportunity to reaffirm Jack Johnson's substantial contributions to our society and right this historical wrong", the letter said. George W Bush and Barack Obama, the first black president, did not act on the matter but the Arizona senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain has supported legislation for a pardon.

Johnson's family sought out the first Black President in hopes that he would be the one to pardon Johnson posthumously and tried to submit the paper work for procession.

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