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Cain's Ballroom removes Tate Brady star from 'walk of fame'

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Posted at 2:48 PM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 16:03:21-04

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa's Cain's Ballroom announced the removal of the Tate Brady star from its "walk of fame" sidewalk in downtown Tulsa.

Tate Brady, one of Tulsa's founding fathers, used to have a district and street named after him in downtown Tulsa. In 2011, things changed after some of Brady's associations came to light.

Tate Brady Portrait
Tate Brady Portrait

Brady came to Tulsa in 1890 as a shoe salesman from Missouri, signed the city's incorporation papers, building Tulsa's first hotel with baths at the Hotel Brady.

In 2011, investigations revealed Brady was a member of the KKK as evidenced by a transcript of an investigation into the Klan, involving Brady.

In 2013, Tulsa city councilors voted to rename the Brady District, named initially after Brady, to M.B. Brady Street. It later changed again to Reconciliation Way.

READ MORE: City of Tulsa renames Brady Street

In 2018, Tulsa Theater, formerly known as Brady Theater, owner Peter Mayo and his management team began talking about renaming the theater as well.

After the city council voted to change the name of the street to Reconciliation Way, in 2018, Mayo decided it was time to change the venue's name.

The facility changed its name from the Brady Theater to the Tulsa Theater. A previous sign from the theater now hangs on the building.

Tulsa Theater 1952 steel sign
The 1952 large stainless steel 'Tulsa' sign has been placed on the Tulsa Theater building after the owner changed the name in 2018.

READ MORE: New name, new sign for the former Brady Theater

Cain's Ballroom, built by Brady in 1924, used to be Brady's garage for his automobiles, according to Wikipedia.com.

In 1930, Madison W. "Daddy" Cain purchased the building, naming it "Cain's Dance Academy," and charging ten cents for dance lessons. It soon became knows as the house that Bob built after Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys began playing their popular radio show out of the venue.

In 1976, Cain's was sold to rock concert investor, Larry Shaeffer, who opened the building with the name Tulsans know today, Cain's Ballroom.

The sidewalk in front of Cain's Ballroom features names of famous musicians and people, much like the one in Hollywood, California.

Officials with Cain's Ballroom said they removed the star with the name Tate Brady to show signs of progress.

We decided to remove the name “Tate Brady” from a star on the sidewalk in front of Cain's Ballroom, as we felt this helps show signs of progress as the community begins a reconciliation with the black community. The Cain’s Ballroom has always welcomed and hosted all individuals regardless of race, gender, nationality, religion, etc. and we will continue to always do so.
Chad Rogers | General Manager, Cain's Ballroom

The announcement comes after nationwide protests, including in downtown Tulsa, called for an end to systemic racism.

READ MORE: Loved ones gathered for George Floyd's funeral in Houston before burial

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For more information on the Cain's Ballroom and it's history, click here.

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