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From the Library of Congress [Bain Collection](https://www.loc.gov/resource/ggbain.08094/). > Jack Johnson, byname of John Arthur Johnson, (born March 31, 1878, Galveston, Texas, U.S.—died June 10, 1946, Raleigh, N.C.), American boxer who was the first African American to become heavyweight champion. He is considered by many boxing observers to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. – Britannica.com
The stories of his life are just the best. As per the [Washington Post:](https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/02/05/jack-johnson-worlds-first-black-boxing-champion-was-jailed-under-jim-crow-will-he-get-a-posthumous-pardon/?utm_term=.99b231af1f92)
“Johnson owned a night club, acted on stage, wore gold teeth, and reportedly walked his pet leopard while sipping champagne. *Unforgivable Blackness* recounts an incident when Johnson handed over a $100 bill to pay a $50 speeding ticket. Told by the police officer that he couldn’t make change, Johnson just flashed a smile — he planned on speeding on the way back too.”
I’d never expect the banana pancakes guy to look like this actually.