TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa’s city leaders are divided over whether to rename a popular downtown street named for a businessman who was in the Ku Klux Klan.

But some residents worry a drawn-out fight could send the message that the city still embraces intolerance.

Council members informally split 4-4 Thursday on whether to take Wyatt Tate Brady‘s name off a street. He helped found Tulsa a century ago and may have helped kindle a 1921 race riot.

A ninth member was absent and could break the tie at next week’s formal vote.

Some residents say Tulsa should keep Brady Street but use his story as a way to teach future generations about the dangers of racial intolerance.

Others question why the city would keep a street name linked to the oppression of blacks.

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