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Confederate Activist, Oxonian Figure Reportedly Dies in a Rollover Wreck Post-Rally

Anthony Hervey by Gaetano Catelli
Anthony Hervey by Gaetano Catelli

Yesterday, a fatal vehicle wreck occurred on Highway 6 that reportedly took the life of Anthony Hervey, a longtime Oxford figure known for showcasing his pro-Confederate signs on the Square and on Jackson Avenue.

Anthony Hervey's profile picture on Facebook, dated July 7.
Anthony Hervey’s profile picture on Facebook, dated July 7.

Anthony Hervey, Water Valley, Mississippi resident, was riding with Arlene Barnum, Stuart, Oklahoma resident, back to Mississippi from a pro-Confederate rally in Birmingham, Alabama. Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Johnny Poulos said to Therese Apel of the Clarion-Ledger the accident took place near the Pontotoc County line around 11:20 a.m. and that the two were traveling west in a 2005 Ford Explorer when it left the road, then the driver overcorrected, and it flipped.

He said to Therese Apel of the Clarion-Ledger, “At this point, no more details than that can be released until accident reconstructionists have had a chance to take a look at the evidence.”

Arlene Barnum, who is in the hospital, posted on her Facebook (currently on a public setting) these status updates concerning the wreck.

Screenshot taken July 20, 2015
Screenshot taken July 20, 2015

She also posted this picture of the wreck to Facebook a public setting.

Screenshot taken July 20, 2015
Screenshot taken July 20, 2015

Therese Apel of the Clarion-Ledger reports that Lafayette County coroner Rocky Kennedy confirmed the man in the rollover vehicle wreck was Anthony Hervey.

M.J. Brickey of McAlester News-Capital reported she said, “I didn’t know him, really. I gave him a ride to the rally.”

M.J. Brickey of McAlester News-Capital also reported that Burney said they were both supporters of the same cause and she was letting him drive her truck as they neared his hometown of Oxford so that he may navigate the area that was familiar to him.

anthony hervey book

Anthony Hervey is well-known to Oxford residents for his numerous campaigns in support of the Confederate flag all over the city, especially in front of the Confederate statue at the Square. He is the author of this book, Why I Wave the Confederate Flag, Written by a Black Man: The End of Niggerism and the Welfare State.

Below is a video dated July 19 by David Harkins of Hervey speaking at the flag rally in Birmingham, Alabama.

The details of this fatal accident are currently under investigation. This is a developing story.


Callie Daniels is the senior managing editor at HottyToddy.com. She can be reached at callie.daniels@hottytoddy.com.

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