Tulsa debates whether to rename landmarks that honor city father who was in Ku Klux Klan

When Wyatt Tate Brady arrived in Tulsa in 1890, it was just an untidy tangle of dirt streets and a handful of tents.

Over time, the ambitious Missourian became a successful businessman and a celebrated city father. But a lesser-known side of him has become the focus of debate in his adopted hometown nearly 90 years after his death: He was a member of the local Ku Klux Klan.

Now new questions have emerged about his involvement in a 1921 race riot that left 300 black residents dead.

The issue is especially sensitive because Brady's name is all over town — on a street, a mansion, a theater, a historic neighborhood and a new downtown entertainment district. City officials are debating whether to rename some of those landmarks.