Cecil's frustration with racial barriers in his dream of becoming an architect fueled his innovative spirit. He embarked on a journey of self-learning, eventually designing houses, including one with solar energy features that gained national recognition. His love for art led him to explore photography, which became a lifelong passion. Cecil's remarkable skills span across various mediums, from photography and architecture to painting, creating a unique blend of artistry. His immense collection of photographs capturing South Carolina's history is under threat, leading him to pioneer a digitization project for preservation. His contributions extend beyond civil rights, showcasing his unwavering commitment to preserving history and pushing creative boundaries.