Renaming of Brady District to be discussed at Tulsa City Council meeting

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 5/16/2013 11:12 pm Published: 5/16/2013 1:50 pm

A crowd showed up at the City Council meeting on Thursday evening to discuss renaming The Brady Arts District because of a historical controversial issue.

The issue lies over the person the area was named after. Tate Brady was an early local businessman who died in 1925. In recent years, he has become controversial for his alleged association with the KKK. His family denies any involvement.

In April, FOX23 talked to a group wanting to boycott the district because of Brady's alleged ties to the Ku Klux Klan.

"I won't spend one copper penny in that area until the sign is removed," said James Johnson. Johnson is boycotting the area and presented in front of the City Council.

A handful of people took their allotted five minutes in front of the councilors to present why they want the downtown area to be renamed.

Mike Workman presented at the meeting and tells FOX23 that he felt compelled to have his voice heard.

"This is part of our past that needs to be buried," said Workman. He even presented nine different options of well-known Tulsans whose names could be substituted in place of Brady.

Councilors reiterated that they don't have the jurisdiction to change a city building or district name but they are open to hearing the concerns of the public.

The area lies in District 4 of the city. Councilman of that area, Blake Ewing, says that he hopes other Tulsans
who have any concerns will continue to come forward and express their feelings about the matter.

Johnson tells FOX23 that he was happy with the way the meeting went. He said that he felt like everyone's voice was heard and he said what he needed to say.

"My prayer is that no one will not be able to lie down and get any rest until we do the right thing."

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smthompson - 6/21/2013 8:36 AM
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There are thousands of streets, schools & libraries named after founding fathers that were all slave owners. Should we rename all of them?? Also, don't forget George Washington on Mount rushmore. Get over it!!!!

kindagreywolf - 5/16/2013 2:27 PM
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And that cultural center in the Brady District should be torn down to. After all, that brings back the bad memories to. (Please note the sarcasm as that is a really nice cultural center).

kindagreywolf - 5/16/2013 2:25 PM
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Seriously? Its been the Brady District for how many years and its an issue now? If I was Cherokee I would demand the City of Tulsa Change there name to.
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