Definitions for "John Henry"
Keywords:  henry, ndash, hero, folk, born
hero of American folk tales; portrayed as an enormously strong black man who worked on the railroads and died from exhaustion after winning a contest with a steam drill
John Henry is an American mythical (usually African-American) folk hero, who has been the subject of numerous songs, stories, plays, and novels.
John Henry, born in 1975, is an American Thoroughbred race horse named after the folk hero John Henry. As a youngster, the equine John Henry had a habit of tearing steel water and feed buckets off stall walls and stomping them flat. This reminded his then-owners of the legendary John Henry, who was known as a "steel-drivin' man".