John Henry at work on the railroad. He stands with his feet apart and toes turned in slightly, arms bent at elbows. He holds a sledge hammer in his hands, the right hand near the head of the hammer and the left hand near the base of the handle. He is muscular and wears trousers but no shirt. His hands are oversized. He stands on a rectangular base of rough stones and mortar, with a plaque on the front. Around the top of the base, below John Henry's feet, is a spiked guardrail.