Jack Johnson was once the most despised man in Jim Crow era America after becoming the first African-American boxing heavyweight champion in the world, the most coveted athletic title of the time. (8th of February)

WASHINGTON – President Trump said on Saturday he is considering a full pardon for Jack Johnson, the African American heavyweight champion, who is responsible for transporting a white Ms. Was Sentenced (19659007) Johnson was convicted of violating the Mann Act in 1913 and died in 1946. If Trump grants a posthumous pardon, this would constitute a rare use of the constitutional punishment that many of them have committed

Trump said He was encouraged to grant the pardon of Sylvester Stallone, the actor best known to boxer Rocky Balboa.

"Sylvester Stallone has introduced me to the history of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. His troubles were great, his life complex and controversial." Trump tweeted on Saturday . "Others have looked at it over the years, most thought it was done, but yes, I'm thinking about a full pardon!"

Pardon Since Johnson has had bipartisan support from members of Congress over the years, including former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. John McCain, R-Ariz

In 2015, Congress enacted a provision for the Every Student Succeseds Act, requesting a pardon and saying it would "eradicate a racially motivated abuse of federal prosecutors" annals Criminal justice in the United States.

But President Barack Obama refused to grant the pardon, and the Department of Justice has objected to granting pardons to dead people because it could set a bad precedent by wasting scarce resources to restore civil liberties, who can not benefit from them.

Johnson was the first African American heavyweight champion. The victory in 1908 started the search for a boxer who could dethrone what became known as the "Great White Hope."

In 1912 Johnson was accused of violating the man's act, which banned the transportation of a woman across state lines "for some immoral purpose." The charges were dropped, in part because the alleged victim, Lucille Cameron, later became his second wife

But the government found a second wife and in 1913 sentenced him to a purely white Jur He fled to Canada and then to Europe and returned in 1920 to serve his sentence.