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John Henry

The following is a list of books with information on John Henry which can be found at the West Virginia State Archives Library.


Williams, Brett. John Henry: a Bio-bibliography, Westport, CT, Greenwood Press, 1983.
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Robert Tabscott. "John Henry The Story of a Steel-Driving Man," Goldenseal Magazine , volume 22, number 2, Summer, 1996.
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"A West Virginia Hero," Dominion Post, 2-1-1976.
"A Lost John Henry," WV Hillbilly, 8-17-1968.
"ABCC to Issue Decanter Honoring John Henry," Charleston Gazette, 1-21-1972.
"An Update on 'John Henry' Statue," Beckley Post Herald, 3-28-1980.
"Appalachian African-American Preserve Songs Ideals State Blacks," Dominion Post, 2-19-1995.
"Center to Explore Truth About John Henry," Charleston Gazette, 7-25-1996.
"Don't Turn John Henry into a Railroad Man," Charleston Gazette, 7-22-1979.
"Home Grown Hero," Charleston Gazette, 2-6-1955.
"Is John Henry Right," Maintenance Software News, 10-1986.
"John Henry Gets Repairs," Hinton Daily News, 6-27-1975.
"John Henry-Man or Myth," WV Hillbilly, 4-28-1984.
"John Hardy-not Henry-was Steel Driving Man of Gorge," Fayette Tribune, 7-9- 1990.
"John Henry," Dominion Post, 1-1-1976.
"John Henry Ballad, Tale Always Popular," Beckley Post Herald, 12-8-1964.
"John Henry Born in State, World Famous," Fairmont Times, 10-30-1963.
"John Henry's Hammer Found in Talcott Home," Beckley Post Herald, 3-27-1981.
"John Henry Gets His Own Stamp," Charleston Gazette, 11-9-1995.
"John Henry, John Henry Ballads Eyed," Beckley Post Herald, 11-22-1966.
"John Henry Recalled by 115 Year Old I-II," Beckley Post Herald, 6-8-1961.
"John Henry Kissed His Hammer and Died," WV Hillbilly, 11-18-1972.
"John Henry Legend Born Century Ago," Beckley Post Herald, 12-12, 1970.
"John Henry is Fact, Fiction, Preservation of History," Post Herald, 9-10-1970.
"John Henry Statue Damaged by Gunfire," Hinton Daily News, 12-12-1974.
"John Henry Legend Brought to Life in Talcott Statue," Morgan Messenger, 9-21- 1972.
"John Henry Statue to be Unveiled Above Big Bend Tunnel Next Month, Post Herald, 5-5-1972.
"John Henry Legend Memorialized," Charleston Daily Mail, 1-27-1969.
"John Henry Story is Revived," Hinton Daily News, 12-24-1969.
"John Henry the Steel Drivin Man," Times Record, 5-20-1965.
"John Henry Story at Talcott Revived," Hinton Daily News, n.d.
"John Henry Legend Enriches Cultural Life of America," Hinton Daily News, 8-15- 1972.
"John Henry Festival to Feature Reggae, Folk Music, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 8-23- 1985.
"John Henry Statue Repaired, He's Back," Register Herald, 6-22-1980.
"John Henry Deserves the Best....Monument to Him," WV Hillbilly, 6-20-1968.
"John Henry Fund in Home Stretch," Beckley Post Herald, 2-29-1980.
"John Henry Obvious Subject," Hinton News, 8-3-1978.
"John Henry Folk Hero Will Receive Honors Full Century After His Death," n.p. n.d.
"A Legend Lingers: Celebration to honor 'steel drivin' man,'" by Robert J. Byers, Charleston Gazette, 4-22-1996.
"Legend of John Henry Belongs to West Virginia," Herald Register, 4-10-1966.
"Legendary John Henry Lived in Southern West Virginia," Princeton Times, 5-29- 1964.
"Lester Man Carving Railroad Reproductions," Beckley Post Herald, 1-24-1965.
"Letter Relating to and There Was No Race and No Steam Drill," Charleston Gazette, 11-7-1957.
"Many in WV Upset with John Henry Stamp Unveiling in Pittsburgh," News Register, 11-9-1995.
"Mighty John Died Beating Steam Drill," Charleston Gazette, 9-16-1963.
"News Story Legendary John Henry Big Bend Tunnel Intrigues" , Hinton News, 12-23- 1967.
"Rebirth of John Henry Legend," Charleston Gazette, 11-16-1969.
"Statue's Battering Trip May Cost $10,000," Charleston Gazette, 1-17-1980.
"The Ghost of John Henry," WV Hillbilly, 9-11-1971.
"Then There's John Hardy," Dominion Post, Mason-Dixonland Panorama, 2-1- 1976.
"They'll Sing About John Henry in 1971," Beckley Post Herald, 12-5-1969.
"Three From Summers Charged in Destruction of Statue," Charleston Daily Mail, 12- 28-1979.
"Welcome Home John Henry WVirginia's Steel Drivin Man," Kanawha Valley Leader, 1-4-1973.

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