Oklahoma bill would rename lake currently named for man connected to KKK
Proposal would change Lake Hudson to Lake Markham
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — An Oklahoma Senate bill would rename a lake that’s currently named for a man connected to the Ku Klux Klan in Tulsa.
Lake Hudson is named for Wash Hudson, a prominent Tulsa attorney, state lawmaker and board member of the Grand River Dam Authority, which manages the lake.
Hudson, who died in 1964, was a founder of the Tulsa Benevolent Association in the 1920s, which established the KKK in the city.
GRDA spokesman John Wiscaver says the agency investigated Hudson’s background after being approached by the online publication The Frontier, which first reported the proposed name change.
Wiscaver said it’s “fairly clear” Hudson was involved with the KKK and that the GRDA supports the proposal to change the name.
The lake would become Lake Markham in honor of a family that operated a ferry service on a portion of Grand River that is now part of the lake.
The GRDA says Lake Hudson is significantly smaller than its “big sister,” Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees. Lake Hudson has 12,000 surface acres of water surrounded by 200 miles of shoreline.
The GRDA says the lake is known for bass fishing and as a haven for wildlife.
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