Old Salem Museums & Gardens Seeking Nominations for St. Philips Cedric S. Rodney Unity Award


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Scott Carpenter
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Winston-Salem, NC (MARCH 31, 2015) The St. Philips Heritage Center at Old Salem Museums & Gardens is seeking nominations for the St. Philips Cedric S. Rodney Unity Award, which was established in honor of the late Rev. Dr. Cedric S. Rodney, a Moravian minister, who led the restoration efforts of the Historic St. Philips Moravian Church in Old Salem. The award will be presented at the Juneteenth luncheon on Thursday, June 4, 2015.

Considered a bridge builder, Dr. Cedric Sydney Rodney was a true Moravian minister who upheld the ethics of the MoravianChurch. For centuries the Moravians have stressed the importance of community and cooperation rather than competition. Rev. Rodney practiced these sacred traditional values to shape the history of Winston-Salem and to make this community a better place.


  • Possesses a spirit of reconciliation and gentleness to work across racial and cultural division and move people toward a common goal.
  • Actively advances the community vision as a leader, nurturer, and steward.
  • Believes in the importance of historic preservation.
  • Inspires others to seek lifelong learning and preparedness for service.
  • Promotes the Moravian’s core value of community—A personal mission to enrich the lives of others locally and/or globally.

Old Salem Museums &Gardens is proud to present this award. Submissions must be received by May 1, 2015.   Please visit oldsalem.org/unity-award to download an application or call 336-721-7399.

About St. Philips Heritage Center

The St. Philips Heritage Center in Old Salem is a sacred place significant to the unusual and unique history of this community, and it is a touchstone of the African American experience. The African and African American Moravian congregation, organized in Salem in 1822 among a mostly enslaved population, is one of the oldest Black congregations in the United States.  It is the only historic African American Moravian congregation in the country. The Center is comprised of the African Moravian Log Church, St. Philips African Moravian Church, the Strangers Graveyard, the African American Graveyard and the Path to Happy Hill Overlook.

 About Old Salem

Old Salem Museums & Gardens is one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. Its museums—the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem—engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is located at 600 South Main Street in Winston-Salem. For more information call 336-721-7300 or visit oldsalem.org.