No Vote on Rename of Tulsa Street Linked to KKK

Aug 9, 2013

It was standing room only at last night's council meeting
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — 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.

After Thursday's three-hour-plus public hearing from residents on whether to change Brady Street, the council had come to 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, which killed 300 blacks.

Business owners along Brady opposed the change.