Incoming freshmen visiting Baylor’s first home in Independence, Texas, as part of Baylor Line Camp yesterday welcomed two additional Bears as special visitors: President Ken Starr and his wife, Alice! (Baylor Photography provided pictures for this photo gallery, and the Waco Tribune-Herald has even more here and here.)
After a tour of the Star of the Republic Museum in nearby Washington on the Brazos, the Starrs, other Baylor representatives and some prominent alumni from the area gathered for a reception at the home of Lanella Spinks Gray, BA ’54, the unofficial mayor of Independence who has helped lead Baylor’s efforts to restore the site of the University’s original campus. (Thanks in large part to volunteers like Gray, visitors to Independence now will find parks and walking trails where the Baylor campus once stood, as well as a newly opened visitor center.)
In the evening, the Starrs joined about 200 incoming freshmen for dinner on the grounds of historic Independence Baptist Church, the oldest continuously operated Baptist church in Texas, and for a powerful ceremony in which the newest Bears (including the Starrs) received their Line jerseys.
Sic ’em, newest members of that good ol’ Baylor Line!