Message from the Mayor


On behalf of the Office of the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen, I would like to welcome you to the City of Canton, Mississippi - a city in transition - a city on the move! Poised as the county seat of Madison County with more than 13,000 residents, we are the epitome of southern hospitality, charm, and heritage that anchors the quality of life of our beloved city.

The City of Canton is a progressive and energetic community that celebrates a brimming history, fine arts, and a diverse mix of culture. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Canton showcases its courthouse square, a historic shopping district and host to the famous Canton Flea Market & Arts and Crafts Show as well as the Victorian Christmas Festival. Positioned in the center of “the square” is an attractive Greek-inspired courthouse which is the focal point of Canton’s downtown district and it often appears in photographic exhibits of the South.

Canton is also richly endowed in blues history. A Mississippi Blues Trail historic marker was placed on Hickory Street to honor the great contributions of Elmore James to the development of blues in Mississippi. Other noted blues performers associated with Canton include Grady Champion, Little Brother Montgomery, William “Do-Boy” Diamond, Boyd Rivers and Johnnie Temple. Musicians include studio guitarist Bucky Barrett, slide guitarist Sonny Landreth. Gospel singers include the award-winning gospel recording group The Canton Spirituals, Reverend Cleophus Robinson, and Ashford Sanders of BET’s Sunday Best.

Canton is also known as the filming site for popular blockbuster hits such as A Time to Kill, O Brother Where Art Thou?, and My Dog Skip, just to name a few. The combination of our unrivaled beauty, warm hospitality, musical talents and unique public spaces provides a delightful backdrop for residents and visitors alike.

While the City of Canton is rich in history, we are undoubtedly focused on the future. We have an active and ongoing interest in the protection and restoration of our buildings and antebellum homes, which articulate the story of our past. Our downtown redevelopment is bringing new life and energy into areas of historic significance. We are committed to delivering superior municipal services, embracing the diversity of our citizens, and striving to make Canton, a desirable, safe city to live, work, raise a family, shop, study, play and grow.

As Mayor, my priorities are to improve our schools, make neighborhoods safer, and bring better jobs to Canton. This can be accomplished with meticulous planning and initiatives. Again, I welcome you to our city and invite you to discover the many great things Canton has to offer.

Best Regards,

Arnel D. Bolden,
Mayor of the City of Canton