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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Canton, Mississippi

Clickable Map of Madison County, Mississippi and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Madison County, MS (26) Attala County, MS (10) Hinds County, MS (196) Holmes County, MS (15) Leake County, MS (8) Rankin County, MS (16) Scott County, MS (9) Yazoo County, MS (18)  MadisonCounty(26) Madison County (26)  AttalaCounty(10) Attala County (10)  HindsCounty(196) Hinds County (196)  HolmesCounty(15) Holmes County (15)  LeakeCounty(8) Leake County (8)  RankinCounty(16) Rankin County (16)  ScottCounty(9) Scott County (9)  YazooCounty(18) Yazoo County (18)
Canton is the county seat for Madison County
Canton is in Madison County
      Madison County (26)  
      Attala County (10)  
      Hinds County (196)  
      Holmes County (15)  
      Leake County (8)  
      Rankin County (16)  
      Scott County (9)  
      Yazoo County (18)  
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1Mississippi (Madison County), Canton — Choctaw Boundary
(Left Panel) Doaks Stand      About 1812 William Doak established his stand or tavern on the Natchez Trace which is five miles north of the Parkway at this point. The Treaty of Doaks Stand was signed there in 1820.      Because . . . Map (db m87493) HM
2Mississippi (Madison County), Canton — 65 — Club Desire
The Club Desire, which stood across the street from this site, was one of Mississippi's premier blues and rhythm & blues nightclubs from the late 1940s through the early 1960s. Owner Clarence Chinn presented the top national acts, including B. B. . . . Map (db m80035) HM
3Mississippi (Madison County), Canton — Confederate Monument
In Memoriam The Confederate Dead The cause may perish, but the memory of noble deeds survives. Erected by the Ladies Memorial Association of Canton, Miss, April 26, 1881. Mrs. Charles Handy, PresidentMap (db m120907) WM
4Mississippi (Madison County), Canton — Grace Church(Episcopal)
Earliest services held, 1840, by "Fighting" Bishop Leonidas Polk. Parish organized, 1848, with Edward Fontaine as rector. Building, dating from 1853, is Canton's oldest church structure.Map (db m105600) HM
5Mississippi (Madison County), Canton — Harvey's Scouts Monument
Capt. Addison Harvey Born June 1837, Killed April 9, 1865. Just as the country's flag was furled forever, death saved him the pain of defeat. Long since has beat the last tattoo Disbanded are the 'Gray' and 'Blue' And peace reigns . . . Map (db m120908) WM
6Mississippi (Madison County), Canton — 15 — Hickory Street(The Hollow)
Side 1: Hickory Street, known locally as "The Hollow," was a hub of social life, commerce, and entertainment for the African American community of central Mississippi for several decades, up through the 1970s. Canton's most famous blues . . . Map (db m97089) HM
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7Mississippi (Madison County), Canton — Howcutt Monument
A tribute to my faithful servant and friend, Willis Howcott, a colored boy of rare loyalty and faithfulness, whose memory I cherish with deep gratitude. W.H. Howcutt Loyal, faithful, true, were each and all of them. Erected by W.H. . . . Map (db m120906) WM
8Mississippi (Madison County), Canton — Madison County Courthouse
This Greek Revival courthouse has served as Madison County's seat of government since its construction, 1854–58. Canton, incorporated in 1836, is the fourth county seat of Madison Co., which was created in 1828.Map (db m755) HM
9Mississippi (Madison County), Canton — 21 — Madison County Movement — Mississippi Freedom Trail —
(front) CORE Activists David Dennis, Matheo Suarez, and George Raymond opened a Madison County office in 1963 to register black voters, the majority in white~controlled Canton. Co~directors Raymond and Suarez were joined by Annie Devine and . . . Map (db m105553) HM
10Mississippi (Madison County), Canton — Natchez Trace at Madisonville
This monument marks the Natchez Trace over which our pioneer ancestors came to Mississippi. It is located on the site of Madisonville, an early county seat of Madison County. Erected by the Mississippi Daughters of the American Revolution, . . . Map (db m87496) HM
11Mississippi (Madison County), Canton — Old Madison County Jail
Architecturally distinctive 19th century penal facility. Jailer's quarters in front; cell block in rear. Built 1870 by Valentine Warner and architect C.W. Oates. Jail closed in 1969.Map (db m121567) HM
12Mississippi (Madison County), Canton — Priestley House
Built as the home of Dr. James Priestley, one of Canton's early physicians and first postmaster, the Priestley House is a 19th-century Greek Revival-style home constructed ca. 1852. The house remained in the Priestley family until the early 1990s. . . . Map (db m120888) HM
13Mississippi (Madison County), Canton — Southern Pines
Pine forests of the south played a major role in the growth of the Nation and have become a southern economic mainstay along with soybeans, cotton, and other agricultural products. Today, through reforestation and management as a crop, pines produce . . . Map (db m87492)
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14Mississippi (Madison County), Canton — Tupelo–Baldcypress Swamp
Water tupelo and baldcypress trees can live in deep water for long periods. After taking root in summer when the swamp is nearly dry, the seedlings can stay alive in water deep enough to kill other plants.      This trail leads through an . . . Map (db m87490)
15Mississippi (Madison County), Canton — Way's Bluff Bridge
As one of only two bridges across the Big Black River, Way's Bluff Bridge, a 200-foot long railroad trestle, was the target of several Union raids during the Civil War. During the Vicksburg Campaign, both Union Col. Amory Johnson and Gen. . . . Map (db m179057) HM
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Oct. 1, 2022