|Updated: 8/09/2013 2:22 am
||Published: 8/09/2013 2:17 am
Tulsa City Councilors continue a vote on a possible name change for Brady Street until next week. Councilors tied the vote on the decision (4-4). They decided to wait for Councilor Phil Larkin to return next week.
51 people signed up to speak for and against the name change. They were allowed five minutes to speak and it took four hours before everyone finished.
Brady Street has been at the center of controversy ever since rumors rose of Tate Brady’s alleged involvement with the Ku Klux Klan and the 1921 Tulsa Race riots.
“They’ll hold Tate Brady up as a hero and deep in their hearts they know what this man did,” said James Johnson, a supporter of the name change. ?if we continue after tonight to allow the Brady name to go on then Alvin Watts and Jake England deserve to have their own streets , the gentlemen that killed black folks on Good Friday Morning.”
“Will Renaming Brady Street changes the erase the history as a racially charged city? No. What it will do is likely unleash a plethora of name change demands,” said Bob Fleischman, a Brady Street business owner.
City Councilors will vote on whether or not to change the name next Thursday. FOX23 has learned if it is passed private citizens have stepped up to pay for the street renaming.