Hands Along the Rail pays tribute to all of the workers who worked tirelessly and without recognition to build American railways.

Holley began his artistic life in 1979 by carving tombstones for his sister’s two children who died in a house fire. He made other carvings and assembled them in his yard along with various found objects. The artist has exhibited in Birmingham Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, American Folk Art Museum, the High Museum of Art, and Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, England.