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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
09-Jun-04 - 05:40 PM
Thread Name: JOHN HENRY solved????
Subject: RE: JOHN HENRY solved????
When I was a kid, 'white' houses were still common. Nothing like whitewash to cover up rot, dirt, crumbling mortar, etc.
Prisoners and soldiers were kept busy whitewashing everything in sight.
Agree with Nerd. No clear evidence no how. John Henry has been speculated about ever since the song(s), in all its various guises, appeared. Like all good myths, the origin, real, fictional or composite, has been lost. And Jimmy crack corn, and I don't care.