A well-known black Confederate flag supporter was killed Sunday in a one-car accident in Mississippi that may have been the result of foul play.
The deadly crash happened as 49-year-old Anthony Hervey (far left in the above photo) and Arlene Barnum (second from right) were heading home Sunday morning after participating in a pro-Confederate flag rally in Birmingham, Alabama, on Saturday.
Arlene Barnum, who survived the crash, told the Associated Press that Hervey swerved and overturned the SUV after another vehicle “carrying four or five young black men pulled up alongside them, yelling and looking angry.”
Via CBS, wtsp.com:
Barnum 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.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol did not immediately respond to an Associated Press query asking if officials are investigating Barnum’s account.
Right after the crash, Barnum posted on Facebook,“HELP… They after us. My vehicle inside down.”
In another post she said, “Anthony (Hervey) pinned in… gas leaking,” Her next post was a picture from the outside of the overturned vehicle.
The accident is under investigation.
Barnum said of Hervey, “I didn’t know him, really. I gave him a ride to the rally.”
She 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.
“We were both speakers (at the rally),” Barnum said.
Barnum, a black woman and a locally-known Confederate flag supporter, gave an account of her activities over the weekend with videos and posts of speaking at a Confederate Flag Rally called the “Monumental Dixie” rally.
At the rally, Barnum lit her NAACP membership card on fire. “They are the real racists!” she said. “Join us! We are truly multicultural! Let’s work together to Save Our South and our great America!”