James Island's Pinckney Park, with its colorful playground, iconic oak tree and tire swing, is less than a year old. But its history goes back 150 years. That's when a former slave bought the property just outside of Charleston. It's still thick with palms and pines that back up to a tributary of Parrot Creek. His name was Simeon Pinckney.
"Most of the stories that my mother told of him was him straightening someone out for not doing the right thing," said Jerome Harris. He is the great- great grandson of Simeon Pinckney.