From the recording Origins
John Henry is an old folk/blues song. There is evidence of a freed slave named John Henry who was born around 1840-1850. He was around 6 foot and weighed over 200 pounds (John Henry, June 9th 2011, Retrieved May 12, 2019) http://blackhistorynow.com/john-henry/ There are many different myths associated with John Henry. My sister and I were inspired by Jake Blount’s version of John Henry.