Donald Trump tweets he's considering pardon of boxer Jack Johnson

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Mr Trump said: "Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!".

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This undated photo shows boxer Jack Johnson.

Johnson was convicted in 1913 for violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for "immoral" purposes. He served one year in federal prison. Johnson died in 1946 at the age of 68.

"Jack Johnson is a boxing and pioneer whose reputation was wrongly tarnished by a racially motivated conviction more than a century ago,"McCain said previous year".

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American boxer Jack Johnson is pictured circa 1913. This year, McCain; Sen.

Advocates, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), have petitioned the Justice Department to move forward with a pardon for Johnson for years. Cory Booker joined with McCain, King and Meeks to reintroduce a resolution urging Johnson's pardon.

American boxers Stanley Ketchell (1886-1910) (L) and Jack Johnson (1878-1946) contact gloves whereas squaring off within the boxing ring earlier than their struggle in San Francisco, Calif. Oct. 10, 1909. "Regardless of this decision passing each chambers of Congress a number of occasions lately, no pardon has been issued up to now".

At 6ft (1.82 meters) in height and weighing over 200 pounds (91 kg), Jack Johnson, known as the Galveston Giant, pummeled his way past Jim Crow-era barriers to win the heavyweight boxing title in 1908. "I hope President Trump will seize the opportunity before him to right this historical wrong and restore a great athlete's legacy".

American boxer Jack Johnson poses for a portrait circa 1909.

If pardoned, Johnson would join former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of racially profiling Latinos; Kristian Saucier, a sailor convicted of taking photos in a restricted area of a submarine; and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a Bush aide convicted of leaking the name of a Central Intelligence Agency agent, as a recipient of a Trump pardon. (KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images) Jack Johnson, right, of the US, world heavyweight title holder since 1908, in action against Jess Willard of the United States of America at Havana, Cuba in 1915.