twixnmix: Boxer Jack Johnson with his wife Et…

twixnmix:

Boxer Jack Johnson with his wife Etta Duryea in London for the coronation of King George V in 1911.

Etta Duryea was Jack Johnson’s first wife, they married in 1911. She was a

well-educated

Brooklyn society woman. Jack’s infidelity, his abusive behavior and the hostile reaction of the public caused her to became depressed. He once beat her so badly that she was hospitalized.

She committed suicide in 1912. When Jack died in 1946, his wife

Irene Pineau

buried him in Chicago next to Etta.