Good, Bad and Bizarre: Hervey Leaves Complicated Legacy

July 20, 2015

By Clay Chandler at The Clarion-Ledger

Anthony Hervey, a 49-year-old black man who spent several years parading around Oxford and Ole Miss in a Confederate uniform and waving the battle flag, died in a car accident Sunday.

He leaves a legacy as bizarre as his public persona. He forced Mississippi's flagship university to rethink its free speech policies. He was also charged with assault after an altercation with a student journalist.

Hervey had already established himself as a supporter of the Confederate battle flag before the fall of 2000, but the period's debate over the state flag, when a commission barnstormed the state to take the populace's temperature on whether the banner needed changing, considerably raised his profile...

Schools: University of Mississippi