Council Split, No Vote On Rename Of Tulsa Street Linked To KKK

Aug 9, 2013

Tulsa's City Council has postponed a vote on whether to rename a popular downtown street celebrating a town founder with ties to the Ku Klux Klan and possibly a race riot.

A Brady St. mural of Woody Guthrie holding his guitar on the side of the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

After Thursday's three-hour-plus public hearing from residents on whether to changeBrady Street, the council reached a 4-4 tie based on their debate but never took a formal vote.

Councilors decided to delay voting until next week because a ninth councilman, who could break the tie, was out of town.

The council has been lobbied for months by activists over the street's namesake, Wyatt Tate Brady, who had ties to the Klan and possibly played a role in the 1921 race riot in Tulsa that left 300 black people dead.

Business owners along Brady opposed the change.