Donald Trump considering pardon for boxer Jack Johnson

President Trump said he is considering a pardon for boxer Jack Johnson

Activists and family members have long advocated for Johnson's posthumous pardon, as have US officials like Sen.

Trump, spurred by a phone call from Sylvester Stallone, tweeted Saturday that he's thinking about posthumously pardoning the trailblazing fighter.

"[Johnson's] trials and tribulations were great", Trump added, "his life complex and controversial".

According to Jennifer Hansler of CNN.com, Johnson "was convicted in 1913 under the Mann Act for taking his white girlfriend across state lines for "immoral" purposes".

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he is thinking about giving a full posthumous pardon to boxing champion Jack Johnson. After falling short in their first attempt at building a case against Johnson, assistant U.S. District Attorney Harry A. Parkin asked the Justice Department's Bureau of Investigation to "secure evidence [of] illegal transportation by Johnson of any other women for an immoral objective". John McCain, R-Arizona, and former Sen.

Johnson became the heavyweight champion in 1908 after defeating Tommy Burns. After serving out his year-long sentence, he boxed for a couple years, but a auto accident ended his life in 1946. Johnson skipped bail and fled the country, living in exile, before ultimately surrendering and returning to serve his one-year sentence. He then mowed down a series of "great white hopes", culminating in 1910 with the undefeated former champion, James J. Jeffries.

"Johnson's imprisonment forced him into the shadows of bigotry and prejudice, and continues to stand as a shameful stain on our nation's history", McCain said in a statement in January 2017. He died in 1946 in an auto crash. "He's not going to know", Haywood, 62, said.

Haywood said she didn't find out she was related to Johnson until she was 12. And Jack Johnson was the first great showman.

There have been past efforts to see Johnson pardoned.

The House and Senate previously passed resolutions to posthumously pardon Johnson, but no president has granted the pardon.

Campaigns for posthumous pardons have been in motion since the turn of the century, but have not found much success.

If he's pardoned by the president, it'll be the first time it's ever been done to someone who's already dead.

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