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Video urges posthumous pardon for Jack Johnson - The Galveston County Daily News : Local News

April 18, 2014

A birthday request Video urges posthumous pardon for Jack Johnson

Posted: Monday, April 1, 2013 1:30 am | Updated: 9:13 am, Thu Apr 18, 2013.

GALVESTON — Civil rights activists joined a relative of former Galveston boxer Jack Johnson on Sunday to urge President Barack Obama to posthumously pardon the first African American heavyweight champion.

Johnson earned the title in 1908 by defeating Canada’s Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia.

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