The Deep South doesn’t get much deeper than Oxford, Mississippi. The same town that’s home to the Ole Miss Rebels and the university’s former mascot Colonel Reb, just held the largest Confederate funeral and procession the city has seen for over the last 100 years.
As reported by WTVA (of Tupelo, Miss.) and The Local Voice newspaper (of Oxford, Miss), both on Aug. 3, 2015, Anthony Hervey was laid to rest yesterday in what has been described as the largest Confederate funeral and procession seen in Oxford, Mississippi for at least the last century. Known in the press as a “black Confederate,” Hervey was an unabashed and unapologetic supporter of everything Confederate States of America, to include the iconic Confederate battle flag.
Hundreds of blacks and whites joined together at Oxford’s historic First Baptist Church to bid farewell to the political activist and best selling author. As The Local Voice noted, at the main doors to the church, family and friends first saw “H.K. Edgarton welcoming funeral attendees with an open heart. Another black Southern man with a passion for the Confederate flag.”
As Katelyn Patterson of WTVA noted, while Edgarton was still clutching his Confederate flag, officials at First Baptist requested he take the banner out of the church. “If my flag can’t go, I can’t go,” Edgerton said. “It would have been a huge disappointment for Anthony, especially to ask me to leave with the flag. He would have wanted me standing next to his casket with this flag,” he added.
[Editor’s note: We covered the tragic crash in which Hervey was killed, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends. He was, from all accounts, a true Southern patriot who loved his country and his fellow human being. May he rest in peace.]
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