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Jack Johnson – Black Inventor

If you type the name “Jack Johnson” into your internet search bar you are likely to come across many famous historical figures, from surfers turned guitarists to politicians, but their lives seem bland when compared to the immense existence of Jack Johnson, the famous heavyweight boxer turned inventor and fugitive. The life of this incredible man reads like the script of a Hollywood film, and it is a surprize that it hasn’t been made into a modern block buster. This article will look at the circumstances of the great man, as well as his patent for a wrench that is the basis of existing models.

Johnson was a massive man, and had a formidable record in the world of professional boxing. He became the first African American heavyweight world champion, but from the very start of his career his fights were marred by racial prejudices and undertones. After defeating several white opponents, James Jefferies came out of retirement to conquer the black pretender. This was seen as a major racial clash – the great white hope taking on a black athlete who people perceived to be the embodiment of growing black arrogance. Johnson won the fight easily, and the incident led to massive racial clashes.

It appears that Johnson himself was not particularly interested in racial divides – in fact, he was married twice, both to white women. This was illegal across most of the United States, and finally the white authorities thought they could make an example of Johnson by arresting him for his “indiscretion”. However, while appealing his crimes, Johnson escaped by pretending to be part of a baseball team, and before he could be tracked down, he had fled, first to more liberal Canada, and then across the waters to Europe. His flight lasted seven years, after which he returned home and completed his sentence. This ruined him as a boxer, and upon being freed, he began work as part of a trained flea circus. This is truly a fantastical story that defies belief.

 

 

While all of this drama is both exciting and indicative of racial persecution, it often leads to people forgetting that Johnson was skilled in mechanical design. He received a patent for a wrench design which is indeed a template for modern designs. It is for this that he is remembered here.

 
 
 
 

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