On Thursday (May 24th, 2018) President Donald Trump granted a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson aka The Galveston Giant. As we reported back in April (See President Trump Considers Pardon of Galveston Giant! BY JASON MILLER) the president was considering the pardon after a phone call with actor Sylvester Stallone.
In an Oval Office ceremony, President Trump said “It’s my honor to do it. It’s about time,” and that he wanted “to correct a wrong in our history.” Joining the president was boxer Lennox Lewis and the aforementioned Sylvester Stallone, both who were vocal about Johnson’s case.
Johnson was arrested back in 1912 during the Jim Crow era on multiple charges of the Mann Act which forbid a person transporting a woman across state lines for “immoral purposes.”
Johnson died in 1946, but his great-great-niece niece Linda E. Haywood after being denied the request for a pardon by former President Obama pressed President Trump for the pardon.
The posthumous pardon is the first for President Trump and the 4th in US history; the last time this type of pardon was used was back in 2008 when President George W. Bush granted a pardon to Charles Winters from Flordia for smuggling B-17 bombers to Israel.
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Sources: LA Times