On this day in history April 4, 1972, the decree of the Haitian Revolution granted equal political rights of blacks and mulattoes in Saint-Domingue. This order gave people of color the same rights and privileges as those from the dominant group of individuals.
A second commission was assembled, led by Léger Félicité Sonthonax, to enforce the ruling.
1972 also served as the three-hundred-year anniversary of Columbus’ landing on Hispaniola. The indigenous people of Haiti were pre-Columbian Native Americans, who were called Taino, “good people”.