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Jack Johnson is born in Galveston, Texas. He was born the son of former slaves.
Joe Choynski comes to Galveston. He knocks out Johnson in the 3rd round. Both boxers are arrested for engaging in illegal contest. In jail, Choynski teaches Johnson how to box,
Johnson defeats Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia. He is now to become the first black Heavyweight Champion of the World.
Australian promoter Hugh "Huge Deal" McIntosh offers $30,000 to Tommy Burns to fight Jack Johnson.
Johnson gets his first big break, a fight with Jack Jeffries, younger brother of the current heavyweight champion, Jim Jeffries. Johnson knocks out Jeffries in the fifth round.
Before a crowd of 12,000 people in Reno, Nevada, Johnson defeats Jim Jeffries and retains the heavyweight title.
Johnson is arrested in Chicago and charged with violating the Mann Act by kidnapping Lucille Cameron and transporting her from Milwaukee to Chicago for the purpose of prostitution. Cameron refuses to cooperate, and the case falls apart.
In Havana, Cuba, Jess Willard knocks out Johnson in the 26th round and takes the heavyweight title.
Johnson drives himself to the federal prison at Leavenworth, Kansas, and begins his sentence.
Jack Johnson is killed in an automobile accident outside Raleigh, North Carolina.
Jim Crow laws begin to emerge in the South. These laws limit the freedoms and rights of African Americans.
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