Years of lobbying went into this pardon. But like in many other cases Trump was the only president to step into the ring and make it happen.
President Trump on Thursday pardoned the late heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson, who was convicted in the early 1900s of transporting a woman across state lines.
Actor Sylvester Stallone, who advocated for Johnson's pardon, joined Trump in the Oval Office on Thursday for the announcement. Other past heavyweight champions, including Lennox Lewis and Deontay Wilder, also attended the event.
Trump tweeted last month that he was considering a posthumous pardon for Johnson at Stallone's urging.
Johnson was the first black heavyweight champion of the world. An all-white jury convicted him in 1913 for transporting a woman across state lines for “immoral purposes,” which was illegal under the Mann Act. Johnson served a year in prison and was released in 1921. He died in 1946.