Sex Trafficking Allegations and Jim Crow Laws

Photos of article excerpts published in 1911 and 1912, from Dr. Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco’s archive of primary materials.

The multi-segment story of “Nellie Thorne” used to support segregation in Wyoming in 1911.
Heavyweight Champion Boxer Jack Johnson charged with “sex trafficking” following his marriage to a white woman. News coverage that was published in 1912 discusses him disseminating “improper literature,” which included titles of “Love Knows No Race” and “My Affair With a Golden Brown Man.”