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Trump said that Stallone had called him and told him about Johnson, and that he is now considering a posthumous pardon.

"His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial", Trump wrote from his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida. ".I am considering a Full Pardon!". Mr. Johnson served 10 months in prison on these charges brought forward clearly to keep him away from the boxing ring where he continued to defeat his white opponents. Four years later, he was arrested for violating the Mann Act, which disallowed someone from transporting a woman across state lines for "immoral purposes". Persecutors cited the Mann Act, a federal law that sought to prevent the trafficking of women for prostitution.

The son of former slaves, Johnson was born in 1878 and was the first black man to ever hold the title of world heavyweight champion-he had a four-year winning streak against high-profile white boxers during the age of Jim Crow.

It may have taken decades but it might finally be coming.

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After seven years as a fugitive following his conviction, Johnson eventually returned to the USA and turned himself in. Since 2004, Republican Senator John McCain from Arizona has backed a Johnson pardon, and legendary boxer Mike Tyson opened a Change.org petition asking Obama that Johnson should receive a posthumous pardon.

Johnson was convicted by an all-white jury in less than two hours and was imprisoned for a year. But his biggest prize came on December 26, 1908, when he defeated Tommy Burns for the World Heavyweight Championship near Sydney, Australia. This comes shortly after the president issued a pardon for Scooter Libby - the former Dick Cheney official who was convicted for perjury and obstruction of justice in 2007.

The sentence and imprisonment destroyed the boxing career of the "Galveston Giant".

Stallone is a Trump supporter and attended the president's 2016 New Year's Eve party, according to the Associated Press.

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Haywood said she didn't find out she was related to Johnson until she was 12.

There have been past efforts to see Johnson pardoned.

If he's pardoned by the president, it'll be the first time it's ever been done to someone who's already dead.

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