WASHINGTON (CBS) — Sylvester Stallone thanked President Trump at the White House on Thursday for granting a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson — boxing’s first black heavyweight champion.READ MORE: 10-Year-Old Boy Recovering After Grazed By Bullet In North Philadelphia: Police
Stallone called Johnson the inspiration for “Apollo Creed” in the Rocky films.READ MORE: Tolls Increasing Sunday On 8 Delaware River Crossings Connecting Pennsylvania, New Jersey
In 1913, an all-white jury convicted Johnson of violating a Jim Crow-era law.
He spent a year in prison for crossing state lines with a white woman.MORE NEWS: Man Dies After Being Shot Four Times In West Oak Lane, Philadelphia Police Say
Johnson died in 1946.