Lunchtime Lecture: The Galveston Giant


January 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Explore the story of a heavyweight champ and legendary Texan. 

Program Details

Heavyweight boxing champion and Galveston native, Jack Johnson was one of the most famous African-Americans in the world at the height of the Jim Crow era. Beyond his undisputed boxing prowess, Johnson's legacy had been tainted by a racially motivated criminal conviction. Given recent headlines of Johnson's posthumous Presidential pardon, join Sam Collins III for backstory on the life, career and legend of the Galveston Giant. 


The Bullock Museum is owned and operated by the State of Texas through the State Preservation Board. Additional support of exhibitions and programs is provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.


About the Presenter

Samuel Collins III has been providing financial services in the Galveston County community for over 18 years.  He has a BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University in College Station.  He has worked at both a regional brokerage firm and a large wirehouse.  In April 2012 he decided to open SLC Investment Services to better serve his clients. 

Sam serves on several boards including: National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Bryan Museum Delegado, Rosenberg Trustee and the Ruby Bridges Foundation (National Board).  Other boards that Sam has served on include Galveston Historical Foundation, Old Central Cultural Center, NIA Cultural Center, Galveston Chamber of Commerce, Galveston Economic Development Partnership, Texas Historical Commission State Board of Review & Texas A & M University Letterman's association.  

In 2015 Sam was awarded the Galveston County Citizen of the Year by the Galveston Daily Newspaper. In 2012 Sam was recognized as an Usung Hero by the Galveston County Daily Newspaper.

Sam is married to his wife Doris.  They have four children, two girls and two boys. Sam is active in his local church where he serves as an associate minister.  Sam and Doris have several philanthropic interests.  They mainly support their local church and youth in the Galveston County area.

Sam's favorite quote is "Give a man a fish, feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime".