Tulsa
8:34 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Tulsa's Brady Street Could Get New Name

A Tulsa city councilor says he'll have the votes needed to rename a popular downtown street that is linked to a town father involved with the Ku Klux Klan and possibly a 1921 race riot.

The newly opened Woody Guthrie Center is one of several new cultural venues along Brady St. in downtown Tulsa.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

The vote to rename Brady Street is Thursday.

Councilman Jack Henderson says the change is needed to send a message that hate and racism won't be tolerated in Tulsa.

The street is named after prominent Tulsa figure Wyatt Tate Brady, who was in the Klan and could have possibly had a role in the 1921 race riot, when some 300 blacks were killed in the city.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett and others oppose any change, fearing it could lead others to take similar positions on other street names because their namesakes might also have checkered pasts.