HERB FRAZIER is the public relations and marketing manager at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina. Before he joined Magnolia in November 2010, Frazier edited and reported for five daily newspapers in the South, including his hometown paper, The Post and Courier.
In 1990, 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.
After leaving daily journalism in 2006, Frazier led journalism workshops in Sierra Leone, Zambia, Ghana, Suriname, Guyana and The Gambia for the U.S. government and a Washington-based journalism foundation.
His international reporting experience includes West Germany during the fall of the Berlin Wall, humanitarian relief efforts in Bosnia and Rwanda during its post-genocide. He also reported on the conflict in Sierra Leone. While he was in Sierra Leone, Frazier wrote about the historical ties with West Africa and coastal South Carolina and Georgia.
Frazier is a member of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, a Congressionally-mandated commission which advocates for the preservation of Gullah Geechee cultural along the coastal areas of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
Frazier is the author of BEHIND GOD’S BACK: GULLAH MEMORIES and a co-author of WE ARE CHARLESTON: TRAGEDY AND TRIUMPH AT MOTHER EMANUEL. His forthcoming book, CROSSING THE SEA ON A SACRED SONG is the story of an African funeral song that links a woman in Georgia with a woman in Sierra Leone.