TULSA, Okla. - A KRMG investigation reveals that a possible replacement name for Brady Street has ties to the slave trade.
Brady Street has connections to Tate Brady, one of Tulsa's founding fathers. Brady has been tied in recent years to the Ku Klux Klan.
Tulsa City Councilor Jack Henderson has been a proponent of changing the street's name to Burlington Street, which first appeared in a 1907 Tulsa ordinance.
KRMG traced the name Burlington from the 1907 ordinance back to its likely origins, the Burling family in Vermont who made some of their money in the slave trade.
City officials tell KRMG that the name Burlington Street came from James W. Woodford, a city councilman in 1907.
According to 'A History of Tulsa', published by the S.J. Clarke Publishing Company in Chicago in 1921, Woodford was born in Burlington, Kansas, which is where the name Burlington Street came from.
William G. Cutler's 'History of the State of Kansas' confirms that Burlington, Kansas, got its name from O. E. Learnard.
Learnard was a town father as well as a native of Burlington, Vermont. Leonard chose the name 'Burlington' to honor his hometown.
There are two probable origins for the name Burlington, Vermont.
One theory is that the town got its name from the Earl of Burlington in Britain. Sylvia Bugbee with the University of Vermont’s Bailey/Howe Library says that theory “doesn’t make sense.”
The theory that is more widely accepted is that the town's name came from the Burling family, wealthy landowners from New York who owned most of the land in the area.
The Burling family archives shows that the family was big into real estate and also made money in the slave trade.
The Tulsa City Council is scheduled to take up the possible name change this Thursday.