Boxer Jack Johnson with his wife Etta Duryea in London on the…

Boxer Jack Johnson with his wife Etta Duryea in London

on the occasion of

the coronation of England’s King George V in 1911.

Etta Duryea was Jack’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. She committed suicide in 1912. When Jack Johnson died in 1946, his wife

Irene Pineau

buried him in Chicago, in a grave next to Etta Duryea.