A black activist known for his support of the Mississippi flag was killed over the weekend on his way home from a flag rally in Alabama.
Anthony Hervey of Oxford, Mississippi, who was known for dressing in Confederate regalia to support the state flag, died as the result of a one-car accident Sunday, according to the Associated Press.
The 49-year-old was killed on Highway 6 in an accident that took place on at about 11:20 a.m. on Sunday, Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesperson Johnny Poulos said.
Hervey was driving himself and another black Confederate flag defender, who survived the crash, westward on the highway in Lafayette County. His passenger, Arlene Barnum, told the Associated Press that the accident occurred after another vehicle with several young black men pulled up beside them, yelling angrily. Barnum said Hervey yelled back before losing control of the vehicle, swerving and crashing.
(Anthony Hervey, via vebidoo.com)
According to the Highway Patrol, the 2005 Ford Explorer Hervey was driving left the roadway and overturned. Hervey died of his injuries.
“It spun like crazy and we flipped, flipped, flipped. It was awful,” Barnum said.
Barnum said the two were returning from a Saturday rally to save the Linn Park Confederate Monument in Birmingham, Alabama, AP via FOX News reported. Barnum said the SUV they were driving belonged to her, and was not displaying any Confederate support.
Barnum was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, a release from Trooper Ray Hall stated. There, she said she gave an account of the accident to a state trooper although, according to The Clarion-Ledger, her details of the incident made the accident seem suspicious.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol did not immediately respond to the Associated Press to verify if officials were investigating the passenger’s account or not.
In a written statement Monday, Poulos announced no further details of the accident will be available until the incident has been further investigated and accident reconstruction experts have looked at the evidence.
For at least two decades, Hervey was considered to be an Oxford fixture, according to The Clarion-Ledger. He was well known for his support of the Rebel flag and was the author of “Why I wave the Confederate Flag: Written by a Black Man.”
In a 2001 interview with the Associated Press, Hervey described Mississippians’ support of the state flag as “standing up for home.”
“This is not racism. This is my heritage,” Hervey said at the time.
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