|Updated: 8/16/2013 6:46 am
||Published: 8/15/2013 7:04 pm
After months of debate, the Tulsa City Council has made a decision about renaming Brady Street in Downtown Tulsa.
The council voted 7-1 Thursday night to change the street name from "Tate Brady" to "Mathew Brady" with an honorary name of "Reconciliation Way.”
Mathew Brady was a civil war photographer. The compromise plan was suggested by Councilor Blake Ewing. Ewing said the change would retain the district's name without honoring the former namesake.
"I do believe the spirit of reconciliation must be addressed," said Mayor Dewey Bartlett, who opposed a name change to Brady Street. "I think that councilor Ewing, your amendment is appropriate."
Councilor Jack Henderson proposed a plan to change the name of Brady Street to Burlington Street. Henderson said Burlington Street was one of the names originally considered when the street was first built.
"The Brady name has never been a problem with the people who came to me. It was the racist information we heard about Tate Brady. So, to take that off and put someone else's name up there, it could be voodoo Brady, I don't care but it ain't Tate Brady," said Henderson.
Some Tulsans wanted to re-name the street because of Tate Brady's rumored ties to the KKK.
"When I come into downtown and I see Tom Brady, Tate Brady, any Brady, it hurts me," said James Johnson. "If I came and raped every one of your daughters would you make you daughter tattoo my name on her to remember me for the rest of her life. That's what you all are asking us to do."
Members of the Brady Arts District voiced opposition to re-naming the area, saying it can be a testament to how far Tulsa has come since the race riots.