Charleston loses trailblazer with death of Marjorie Amos-Frazier

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Marjorie Amos-Frazier died early Wednesday morning.

Frazier was a trailblazer in the Charleston area. She was the first woman to serve on the Charleston City Council and the first black woman to serve on the South Carolina Public Service Commission.

She was 84 years old and died in hospice care at 1 a.m. Wednesday. Frazier is the mother of Elease Amos-Goodwin who is the director of the Moja Arts Festival.

Frazier was elected to the county council in 1974 and served from 1975 to 1980.

"Charleston County has lost an amazing woman with the passing of Marjorie Amos-Frazier," Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie E. Pryor said. "As the first woman elected to county council, she broke through barriers and set an example for our community of what it means to serve. County council sends its condolences to her family along with our community's gratitude for her service."

She worked with the Medical University of South Carolina to help bring health care for the poor and she also helped establish a senior center in Charleston County. She also worked to help create new programs to help people get off drugs.

Frazier was one of the NAACP's Women of the Year in 1973 and 20 years later she had a section of Interstate 26 named after her.

She is survived by four children, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are still being formalized.

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