🥊 PETER JACKSON 🥊
Born on the island of St. Croix, Peter Jackson became an international boxing champion during the late nineteenth century.
He began his ring career in Australia in 1882 and won the Australian heavyweight title in 1886 with a knockout of Tom Lees in the 30th round.
Standing more than six feet high, Jackson was not only powerful but a remarkably skillful boxer, perhaps one of the greatest the ring ever produced.
🥊 THE KING OF THE PRIZE RING 🥊
In 1908, he became the first black heavyweight champion of the world!
His courteous and honorable demeanor made him one of the most admired boxers by his fans in America, England and Australia.
A few years before he died, he returned to his family's home in St. Croix to spend time with his mother and siblings.
It was a joyous reunion for them and for the entire community that came out to honor him. Sadly, it was his last visit to the islands.
In 1901, Jackson died of tuberculosis while living in Australia.
His tomb is emblazoned with the words "This was a man".
Jackson was an incredible role model for Virgin Islanders and for the world.
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