Jack JohnsonJack Johnson
(Mar. 31, 1878–June 10, 1946)

First black heavyweight champion boxer, excoriated for marrying white women three times, and further offending white supremacists by knocking out “Great White Hope” champion James J. Jeffries. His memorial is a large stone monument, with a smaller one for his first wife, Etta.

photo and text by Joe Collier