29 apr 2024 · 2 min. 33 sec.

Coming up next is the Legend of John Henry. an American folk hero. An African American freedman, he is said to have worked as a "steel-driving man"—a man tasked with...

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Coming up next is the Legend of John Henry. 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 a rock to make holes for explosives to blast the rock in constructing a railroad tunnel.

The story of John Henry is told in a classic blues folk song about his duel against a drilling machine, which exists in many versions, and has been the subject of numerous stories, plays, books, and novels.

According to researcher Scott Reynolds Nelson, there was an actual John Henry who was borb in 1848 in New Jersey and died of silicosis and not due to exhaustion of work. Several locations have been put forth for tunnel on which John Henry died,

Sociologist, Guy B. Johnson, investigated the legend of John Henry in the late 1920s. He concluded that John Henry might have worked on the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway's (C&O Railway) Big Bend Tunnel.

 Coming up next is the story of John Henry from the radio program produced by WMAQ in Chicago called Destination Freedom. The show was a series of weekly radio programs. Richard Durham an African-American writer and radio producer wrote and produce the radio drama Destination Freedom, and you'll be hearing the legend of John Henry from that radio drama.
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