Family seeks pardon for legendary boxer

RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI
Last updated 12:37 03/04/2013

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Relatives and hometown supporters of boxing's first black heavyweight champion are turning to YouTube to convince the President Barack Obama to posthumously pardon him of a 1913 conviction for accompanying a white woman across state lines.

Jack Johnson was convicted by an all-white jury and sentenced to a year in prison.

Lawmakers have sent the president a resolution asking for a pardon three times in the last decade, most recently in March.

His great-great niece, Linda Haywood, says in the new video that her family was ashamed Johnson had been railroaded and went to prison. She says he had to sneak around with his white girlfriend and later wife "because of the times that they lived in."

The video was made in Galveston, Johnson's hometown in Texas.

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