John Arthur “Jack” Johnson, raised in Galveston, Texas, was the son of former slaves. In 1908 he became the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion, beating Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia. Racial animosity created a call for Johnson to be beaten by a “Great White Hope.” For seven years Johnson prevailed in numerous title defenses, the most notable against James J. Jeffries, the former undefeated heavyweight champion who in 1910 came out of retirement. Jeffries’ corner threw in the towel in the 15th round. In 1915 Johnson lost his title in the 26th round of a 45-round bout in Havana, Cuba, against Jess Willard. In 1954 Johnson was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame.
This Jack Johnson History Mug is part of our Athletes series.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.