The Arena ( Heavy weight champion Jack Johnson )

Jack Johnson in his stance ready for his bout against Jim Jeffries dubbed 'The Great White Hope '.
Johnson 's wife Etta Duryea can be seen in the crowd with her parasol.

John Arthur Johnson (March 31, 1878 – June 10, 1946), nicknamed the "Galveston Giant", was an American boxer who, at the height of the Jim Crow era, became the first black world heavyweight boxing champion (1908–1915). His 1910 fight against James J. Jeffries was dubbed the "fight of the century". Johnson defeated Jeffries, who was white, triggering dozens of race riots across the U.S. According to filmmaker Ken Burns, "for more than thirteen years, Jack Johnson was the most famous and the most notorious black boxer on Earth". He is widely regarded as one of the most influential boxers in history. Transcending boxing, he became part of the culture and history of racism in the United States.

From Wikipedia .