Lakin was on vacation and not available to vote last night after the council heard from more than 50 people on both sides of the issue.
“I do not see that changing the name is the real issue” one man said. Another who was against the change cited a lack of evidence. “What Tate is alleged to have done years ago, I’ve not seen any documentation on.”
Both Brady Street and the Brady district are named after Tate Brady, a man considered to be one of Tulsa’s founding fathers. Others say he was a racist, member of the Klan, and an instigator of the 1921 race riot.
Speaking for the name change James Johnson drew an audible gasp from the audience when he said “if we continue after tonight to allow the Brady name to go on, then Alvin Watts and Jake England deserve to have their own streets.”
Johnson reminded the crowd who those men are “the gentlemen that killed black folk on Good Friday morning.”
Intending to voting for the change were Jack Henderson, Skip Steele, G.T. Bynum and Blake Ewing.
Councilors saying they will vote no are Karen Gilbert, David Patrick, Jeannie Cue, and Arianna Moore.