PICTURE OF JACK JOHNSON STATUE IN GALVESTON---FIRST BLACK HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP PUT UP WITH A LOT OF HASSLES
Yesterday in Galveston I saw the new statue of Galveston native and first Black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson.
With this post is a picture I took of the statue.
Mr. Johnson was born in Galveston in 1878 and won the heavyweight title in 1908.
Beyond the difficulties of being Black in America in those years, Mr. Johnson was married to a white woman. That fact caused even more trouble and hassle.
Here is an article from the New York Times about the statue and Jack Johnson Park in Galveston.
Here is the text of the State of Texas historical marker at this site.
Here is a brief biography of Mr. Johnson.
Here is a review of the book Unforgivable Blackness by Geoffrey Ward about Mr. Johnson.
The location of this place is 2627 Avenue M in Galveston.
Galveston is a great place to spend a day. I drive down to Galveston often from Houston.
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