Sixty-one-year-old Linda E. Haywood, Johnson's great-great niece, told the Associated Press that "knowing that he was treated unfairly and unfairly convicted and targeted because of his choice of companions, who happened to be Caucasian, that's wrong".
This week, movie star #Sylvester Stallone, who is best known for playing the lead role in the "Rocky" series of boxing films, called up US President Donald Trump and asked him to consider pardoning Johnson for his crimes. "His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial", Trump tweeted. "Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!". He was convicted in 1913 for violating the Mann Act, created to prevent prostitution and "immorality" but often exploited to intimidate interracial couples.
Jackson fled the country to escape prison but returned in 1920 to serve his sentence, spending ten months in prison.
On Saturday, Trump tweeted that he had just learned about Johnson from an actor famous for playing a fictional - white - boxer. He became the first black boxer to win the world heavyweight championship.
"Johnson knocked out Frank Owens... in the last round of a six round bout, and after a few minutes intermission took on a fresh opponent", the newspaper said.
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Johnson said of the jury: "Eleven of those men are for life conviction, and the other is for hanging before hearing the evidence".
"Jack Johnson is a boxing and pioneer whose reputation was wrongly tarnished by a racially motivated conviction more than a century ago,"McCain said past year". George W Bush and Barack Obama, the first black president, did not act on the matter but the Arizona senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain has supported legislation for a pardon.
The boxer died in 1946.
Posthumous pardons are rare, but not unprecedented.
Haywood said she was optimistic that Trump would follow through, but she was trying to keep her excitement at bay until she knew for a fact that he would give Johnson the pardon. Flipper gained his pardon fifty years after his death, according to The New York Times. The general DOJ policy is to not accept applications for posthumous pardons for federal convictions, according to the department's website.