town of Leeds, Alabama to see the play "Listen to
That Cold Steel Ring" written by Leeds native Marie
Cromer. It was all about John Henry from boyhood
to a grown man who worked on the railroad. Although
he was born a slave his owner took him under his wing
and when he was old enough took him to work on the
railroad. The story (whether it be legend or truth) is
that John Henry was in a contest against the steam drill.
He won but died from exhaustion. The photo above is
of my husband, myself and the man who played John
Henry as a grown up. All the players were hometown
people and all did a fabulous job. We thoroughly enjoyed
the play, it had some comedy and of course at the end
Plaque about John Henry. If you click on picture
you will be able to read most of it.
singing old time gospel songs.
on the right and the other lady was a midwife
who told her that John Henry would die with a
hammer in his hand.
John Henry as a young boy with his dad and mom.
John Henry as a teenager with his mom and dad.
that held the rods that went into the rails.
Henry after he beat the steam drill with his
wife, the owner of the plantation and his partner.
by his partner. They say he is buried next to