St. Philips Cedric S. Rodney Unity Award

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Dr. Cedric Sydney Rodney

Pastor of St. Philips Moravian Church

1968 to1976 and 1984 to 2003

2017 Recipients

Dr. English Bradshaw

Walter Marshall

Michelle McCullough


Considered a bridge builder, Dr. Cedric Sydney Rodney was a true Moravian minister who upheld the ethics of the Moravian Church. For centuries the Moravians have stressed the importance of community and cooperation rather than competition. Dr. Rodney practiced these sacred traditional values to shape the history of Winston-Salem and to make this community a better place. He was actively involved in the social and political concerns through his service on numerous boards. Dr. Rodney was a native of Guyana, South America. He served as pastor of St. Philips Moravian Church in Winston-Salem and as the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religion and Ethics at Winston-Salem State University. He passed away in November 2012 and leaves a strong legacy as a pastor, teacher, ethicist, peacemaker, and a faithful servant of God.  Old Salem Museums & Gardens is proud to present this award in honor of Dr. Rodney.

The inaugural honorees were announced at the Juneteenth Luncheon on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in the James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium.

2013 Recipients

Dr. Samuel Stevenson

Mrs. Janet P. Wheeler

2014 Recipients:

Barbara S. Hayes

Beaufort and Pollye Bailey

2015 Recipients:

Joycelyn V. Johnson

Rev. Stephen McCutchan

2016 Recipients

LaRue Cunningham

Dr. Sharee Fowler

For more information, contact Cheryl Harry (336-721-7399,