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  1. Known for. American folk hero. John Henry is an American folk hero. An African American freedman, he is said to have worked as a "steel-driving man"—a man tasked with hammering a steel drill into rock to make holes for explosives to blast the rock in constructing a railroad tunnel.

  2. May 5, 2023 · John Henry, hero of a widely sung African American folk ballad. It describes his contest with a steam drill, in which John Henry crushed more rock than did the machine but died “with his hammer in his hand.”

  3. John William Henry II (born September 13, 1949) is an American businessman and investor and the founder of John W. Henry & Company, an investment management firm. He is the principal owner of Liverpool Football Club , the Boston Red Sox , The Boston Globe , and co-owner of RFK Racing .

  4. › profile › john-henryJohn Henry - Forbes

    Jun 3, 2023 · 1 Residence Boca Raton, Florida Citizenship United States Marital Status Married Children 2 Did you know His wife, Linda Pizzuti Henry, is the CEO of both the Boston Globe newspaper and online...

  5. John Henry was known as the strongest, the fastest, and the most powerful man working on the railroad. He went up against the steam drill to prove that the black worker could drill a hole through the rock farther and faster than the drill could.

  6. This ballad tells the story of John Henry, an American folk hero. According to legend, he was the strongest and fastest railroad workers in his day during the post-Civil War era. In the late...

  7. Folklorists have long thought John Henry to be mythical, but historian Scott Nelson has discovered that he was a real person—a nineteen-year-old from New Jersey who was convicted of theft in a Virginia court in 1866, sentenced to ten years in the penitentiary, and put to work building the C&O Railroad. There, at the Lewis Tunnel, Henry and ...

  8. One among a legion of blacks just freed from the war, John Henry went to work rebuilding the Southern states whose territory had been ravaged by the Civil War. The period became known as the Reconstruction, a reunion of the nation under one government after the Confederacy lost the war.

  9. Dec 9, 2020 · As a Black American folk hero, John Henry became an icon of the Civil Rights Movement, and even today his story's universal themes resonate, as the automation of work and the ubiquity of technology raise questions about the value of human labor and what is inevitably lost with the march of technological progress.

  10. On November 15, 1866, John Henry was sent to the Virginia State Penitentiary to serve his sentence. He was prisoner #497, a 19-year-old black man far from his hometown of New Jersey. John Henry’s height (5’1 3/4 ”) was shorter than most of the convicts, but his short size would have been perfect for tunnel work.

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