Steven was raised in East Point and descends from an old East Point family. His interest in the towns history began at a very early age while listening to the stories about early life in the city told by his grandmother. In 1997, he began the movement to restore Hillcrest Cemetery and to raise public awareness about the grounds. He founded "Family and Friends of Hillcrest Cemetery" and began organizing clean ups and repairing broken monuments. Realizing that the clean ups were temporary, he began to campaign and solicited the East Point City Council repeatedly until then Mayor, Patsy Jo Hilliard and Councilman Russell Widener answered the call and formed the current non profit group, "The Hillcrest Cemetery Memorial Association". Steven then left the work at Hillcrest to preserve and advocate for the smaller historic cemeteries of East Point. He authored the History of Hillcrest Cemetery and has earned the titles of "The founding father of modern cemetery preservation in East Point" and "The official historian of Hillcrest Cemetery". He has served as the curator, city historian and cemetery historian at the East Point Historical Society since 2006.
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