Cephas became an independent business owner in 1933, when he purchased the shop he had previously rented. His business allowed him to provide for his five children, establish himself as a local musician, and serve as a active member of the First Missionary Baptist Church. When Cephas passed away in 1952, he not only owned a home and rental property, but had amassed ten thousand dollars to pass on to his heirs.
The effort to preserve the home began with residents of San Marcos, such as the late Johnnie Armstead. Armstead's legacy lives on across the street from this home, as his Calaboose African American History Museum. The home can serve a number of purposes, including as an annex for the museum, a place to house art courses and host cultural events, and as community meeting space for events within the Dunbar Neighborhood.