Tulsa Ponders Renaming City Landmarks That Honor KKK Member
But a lesser-known side of Brady has become the focus of debate in his adopted hometown nearly 90 years after his death. The son of a Confederate veteran, Brady was a member of the local Ku Klux Klan. And new questions have emerged about his involvement in the most notorious event in Tulsa history, 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 and a historic neighborhood. It’s also the name of the city’s most ambitious development effort in a generation — a glitzy downtown entertainment district.
Brady’s membership in the Klan was never a secret. It had been noted in Tulsa’s historical records but was largely forgotten until a new Tulsa-based literary magazine, This Land, published a long article in late 2011 by author Lee Roy Chapman, who detailed Klan activities and Brady’s involvement with the group.