Tulsa to retain Brady street name but change honor to photographer from founder with KKK ties

The Tulsa City Council has approved a plan to rename a popular downtown street named for a businessman who was in the Ku Klux Klan.

The proposal passed by the council Thursday will remove Wyatt Tate Brady as the street's namesake and replace it with Mathew Brady, a 19th century photographer best known for his images of American Civil War battlefields.

In addition, signs that read "Reconciliation Way" will be placed atop street signs throughout the Brady Arts District, a successful downtown redevelopment project.

The compromise plan was suggested by Councilor Blake Ewing. Ewing said the change would retain the district's name without honoring the former namesake.