TULSA, Okla. – 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.