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Herb Frazier

Journalist Herb Frazier is the author and coauthor of several books, including Behind God’s Back: Gullah Memories, We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel, and the forthcoming Crossing the Sea on a Sacred Song. In Sleeping with the Ancestors: How I Followed the Footprints of Slavery, Frazier and his coauthor, Joseph McGill Jr., tell the story of a future US president who fathered a child with one of his family’s enslaved women. They chronicle the path of an enslaved boy who purchased his freedom to then establish a prominent Black religious organization. And they share the compelling history of an African princess who survived slavery in Florida to take control of a plantation and its enslaved workers.

illustration of log cabin on book cover of Sleeping with the Ancestors