Tonight, I’m attending an event hosted by This Land Press concerning Tate Brady, the namesake of the Brady Arts District. Brady was a founder, businessman and promoter of Tulsa. He also was very active in the Ku Klux Klan and his actions helped create the scene that led to the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.
It’ll be interesting to see how many people still want to keep the Brady name on a downtown district when he’s largely responsible for the destruction of 40 square blocks of early Tulsa, torture and killings of countless black Tulsans and segregationist zoning policies that continue to divide Tulsa to this day.
For now, the neon still says Brady.