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John Henry Statue Moved to New Home

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Repairs to the John Henry statue in summers are complete and now the statue is moving from its location on the overlook of route 3 to the mouth of the Great Bend Tunnel.

John Henry's new home is just phase 1 or a 3 part project that will include a brand new park for folks to visit. And the community hopes it will bring more tourism to summers county.

John Henry is regarded as an 1870 legend who competed with brute strength and a hammer against the steam drill. Now this hero has a home.

"It has been almost 40 years since the statue was put up on the Mountain and now it is in a safe place and we do think it won't be damaged as much, " Bill Dillon, President of John Henry Days said.

The statue was located at the overlook off of route 3 but was vandalized and needed repairs. Now that the repairs are completed, folks hope history buffs will make this a must see destination pumping money into the area.

"It is going to help our economy and we think we John Henry's name reorganization the market is wide open," Rick Moorefield, WVU Extension Agent said.

For folks like Moorefield, the economy is just a secondary benefit of the memorial. Moorefield said John Henry deserves a home for a hero.

"John Henry is just a great symbol of our country strength overall. He was a strong, powerful man. And I think one thing he is coming to represent is the African American contribution to our county's economy," Rick Moorefield, WVU Extension Agent  said.

Folks tell me what they admire about John Henry is his strength and work ethic. They say it is that hard work that built American and is also found in West Virginians.

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