The Real John Henry: Lecture and Activities

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  • The Real John Henry: Lecture and Activities
    • Lee Hall Depot

      February 18, 2023, 2 p.m.

      9 Elmhurst Street and Warwick Boulevard
      Newport News, VA 23603
    • Phone: 757-888-3371
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Beloved African American folk hero John Henry is celebrated for his legendary contest to out perform a steam engine while boring through rock to create West Virginia mountain tunnels for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. Explore the myth and reality of this character and of the 1950s train Jawn Henry that was named for him. Children’s activities as well as hands-on displays pertaining to John Henry will be offered throughout the day. Included with regular admission.