John Edward Hurley has been the spokesman for Southern culture for the past 20 years. During this period, he served as President and Chairman of the Board of the Confederate Memorial Association and, until 1997, when the nations capital only Confederate museum was sold, he served as director and curator of the century-old facility.
He was recently re-elected as President and Chairman of the Confederate Memorial Association despite a massive campaign to unseat him by political forces using taxpayer funds.
Mr. Hurley has appeared in the major print media and was once featured in a full page account of his organization on the New York Times legal page. He has often appeared on network television and radio discussing the Confederate flag issue. He debated former Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder on FOX Television News. He vigorously defends the Confederate flag as a symbol of honor and hospitality on such programs as NBC's News with Brian Williams. He has appeared on C-SPAN and was a frequent commentator on NewsTalk America. In addition, he has co-hosted a weekly radio show.
He is a co-founder of the Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table and Chairman of the McClendon Study Group, which was founded by legendary White House correspondent Sarah McClendon and meets bi-weekly at the National Press Club. He is also the Judge Advocate for the American Legion Post No. 20 at the National Press Club and has served several terms on the Public Information Committee of the National Academy of Sciences.
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