Fire damages Texas home where boxing legend Johnson lived

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GALVESTON, Texas (AP) – A Texas Gulf Coast home where boxing legend Jack Johnson once lived has been heavily damaged in a fire.

The blaze caused a wall to collapse in the vacant home Friday in Galveston. Fire Chief Mike Wisko told The Galveston County Daily News that the building was in the process of being renovated.

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Johnson began his boxing career in Galveston, where a bronze statue of him stands in a park naming him as the Galveston Giant.

In 1908 he became the first black heavyweight world champion.

President Donald Trump posthumously pardoned Johnson last May for a 1913 conviction for violating the Mann Act by traveling with his white girlfriend. That law made it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral” purposes.

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