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Pardon sought for Jack Johnson - The Galveston County Daily News : Local News

July 23, 2014

Pardon sought for Jack Johnson

A relative of Jack Johnson, a Galveston native and the first African-American heavyweight boxing champ, celebrated Sunday what would have been her great, great uncle's 135th birthday at the park bearing his statue and named in his honor. The celebration urged U.S. President Barack Obama to grant Johnson a posthumous pardon for his 1912 arrest and conviction under the Mann Act.