herb frazier

Herb’s Bio

Herb Frazier is a Charleston, South Carolina-based writer. He is senior projects editor at the Charleston City Paper. He’s the former marketing director at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston. Before he joined Magnolia, Frazier edited and reported for five daily newspapers in the South, including his hometown paper, The Post and Courier.

      The South Carolina Press Association named him Journalist of the Year. He has taught news writing as a visiting lecturer at Rhodes University in South Africa. He is a former Michigan Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan.

     Frazier has led journalism workshops in West Africa, East Africa and South America for the U.S. government and a Washington, D.C.-based journalism foundation.

     His international reporting includes West Germany during the fall of the Berlin Wall, humanitarian relief efforts in Bosnia and Rwanda during its post-genocide, social and political issues in Japan and South Korea and Cuba’s cultural ties with Florida and Lowcountry South Carolina.

   Frazier also has reported on the military conflict in Sierra Leone and the historical and cultural ties that bind West Africa and Gullah Geechee people of coastal South Carolina and Georgia.

     Frazier is a former member of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, established by Congress in 2006. He also served as secretary of the Jazz Artists of Charleston, which supports the Charleston Jazz Orchestra.

     He has published four books. He is the author of “Behind God’s Back: Gullah Memories,” co-author of “We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel” with Marjory Wentworth and Dr. Bernard Powers Jr., and co-editor of “Ukweli: (pronounced – you  ̶  quail – lee) Searching for Healing Truth, South Carolina Writers and Poets Explore American Racism” with the late Horace Mungin.

     Frazier’s most recent book, “Sleeping with the Ancestors: How I Followed the Footprint of Slavery,” was co-written with Joseph McGill Jr., founder of the Slave Dwelling Project. His forthcoming book, “Crossing the Sea on a Sacred Song,” is the story of an African funeral song that links a Georgia family with a woman in Sierra Leone.


Feature Book

Focuses on all of the key sites McGill has visited in his ongoing project and digs deeper into the actual history of each location, using McGill’s own experience and conversations with the community to enhance those original stories. Altogether, McGill and coauthor Herb Frazier give readers an important unexpected emersion into the history of slavery, and especially the obscured and ignored aspects of that history
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‘Sleeping with the Ancestors’

Authors:Joseph McGill Jr. and Herb Frazier



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