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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A black Mississippi man who often dressed in Confederate regalia to support the state flag has died in a one-car accident.

Anthony Hervey, 49, was killed Sunday when the 2005 Ford Explorer he was driving left the roadway and overturned on Mississippi Highway 6 in Lafayette County, the Highway Patrol said.

The vehicle’s owner and passenger in the car, Arlene Barnum, told The Associated Press on Monday that Hervey swerved and crashed after another vehicle carrying four or five young black men pulled up alongside them, yelling and looking angry. Barnum, of Stuart, Oklahoma, said Hervey yelled something back at the other vehicle before losing control and crashing.

“It spun like crazy and we flipped, flipped, flipped. It was awful,” she said.

She said she gave that account to a Mississippi state trooper when she was taken to a hospital after the accident.

Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Johnny Poulos said accident reconstruction experts were on the scene Monday to conduct an investigation. He would not say if officials are investigating Barnum’s account.

Barnum said she and Hervey were returning home Sunday from Birmingham, Alabama, where they attended a Saturday rally to save the Linn Park Confederate Monument. City leaders there recently voted to remove the memorial from the park.

Barnum said they were in her SUV, which was not displaying any Confederate flags or stickers.

She said she had no idea whether they had been followed from Birmingham.

Hervey, of Oxford, has drawn attention over the years for opposing efforts to change the flag. He said he dressed in Rebel soldier garb to honor blacks who served with the Confederacy during the Civil War. He was often seen wearing the Confederate uniform and waving a Rebel flag on the Oxford square.

In an interview with the AP in 2001 after a new state flag design was defeated, Hervey said Mississippians’ support of the flag with a Confederate battle emblem in the corner is akin to “standing up for home.”

“This is not racism. This is my heritage,” Hervey said.

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13 thoughts on “Black Mississippi Flag Supporter Dies in Traffic Accident

  1. he fastest percentage growth is among multiracial Americans, followed by Asians and Hispanics. Non-Hispanic whites make up 63 percent of the U.S.; Hispanics, 17 percent; blacks, 12.3 percent; Asians, 5 percent; and multiracial Americans, 2.4 percent.

  2. It’s always a flunkie/traitor nut around. If the kkkowards was going to hang him, would he have still supported this racist flag? How ironic, supporting the flag ended up costing him his life!

    • Supporting the flag didn’t cost him his life. Trying to multi-task cost him his life. Should have kept driving, and if he had to engage in a yelling match with someone who really didn’t give a damn what he had to say anyway, he should have at least waited until he got to a stop light. He’s dead as a door knob for no other reson than he couldn’t just keep driving. Bummer.

  3. blackspeak on said:

    I am reminded of what my grandfather told me many years ago about blacks who betray themselves against other blacks. he said, if the KKK ever opened itself to admitting black members, there would be a line of black folks waiting to join, stretching to infinity…

    • specialt757 on said:

      I can believe that! We got some black wanna be KKK members that come out here regularly. Some even appear on the TJMS and Faux News.

    • jhuf on said:

      Yes look at Baltimore Chicago, St. Louis there are blacks in those city’s ready willing and able to carry out genocide for the KKK

  4. Mia Powell on said:

    May he RIP> but if the flag is not about Hate why are the out their using it as hate and we are always going to have 1 scapegoat I would like to know how much he was paid to be the lonely wolf and how do we know she could be telling a lie and it was not a bunch of White Men mad because they seen him with her.

    • jhuf on said:

      I believe that flag has been turned into a symbol of hate by hate groups, the swastika
      was a symbol of good for hundreds of years then the Nazis took it and turned it into something reviled

      • jhuf on said:

        no to both those questions but the state I do live in has lots of Confederate flags and guns but that doesn’t keep me from earning a living going or achieving what ever I want, however past transgressions seem to have made you quite dysfunctional and you have been duped into believing that
        the new slave massa uncle Sam is your new underground railroad

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