A plaque commemorating the former President of Haiti, Alexander Petion is to be changed only a week after its installation due to a typographical error, local media reported Tuesday.
According to newspaper El Pais, this was announced by the Ministry of Culture, who explained that the plaque mistakenly read “Alcandia de Santiago de Calle,” instead of “Alcaldia de Santiago de Calle.” “Alcaldia” refers to the mayor’s office.
The plaque was installed in Cali, capital of the Valle del Cauca department, which last week hosted the third World Summit of Mayors and President’s of African descent. The event was attended by six Haitian mayor’s.
Alexander Petion was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1770 and was marked by the struggle for freedom of the African-American population. He participated in battles such as the so-called war of the knives in 1791 and achieved the presidency of Haiti on January 27 1807.
His recognition in Cali was due to the assistance given to Simon Bolivar in defeating colonial armies.