Baylor, Round Rock set to honor 90th anniversary of Immortal Ten’s passing
Sunday, January 22 will mark the 90th anniversary of the tragic accident outside Austin that took the lives of 10 Baylor students — the group we remember today as the Immortal Ten.
For generations, their story has been passed down each year during Mass Meeting just before Homecoming, and in 2007, a memorial went up in their honor in the heart of campus. But with this being a special anniversary, Baylor is going the extra mile to remember and honor these 10 students.
Tuesday’s men’s basketball game against Texas (6 p.m., ESPN2) has been chosen to celebrate the Immortal Ten. A special black t-shirt has been designed in their honor; it will be given free to the first 750 students attending the game, and is available for all to purchase from the Baylor Bookstore. The new Eternal Flame sculpture will also be on display outside the Ferrell Center, and 10 seats will be left empty inside the arena in honor of the 10 students. Player jerseys will feature temporary nameplates identifying members of the Immortal Ten, and videos will play during timeouts to further educate fans about the tradition.
And that’s not all. On Sunday at 2 p.m., the City of Round Rock will host a memorial event to remember those who were killed in the train-bus collision. At the event, the city will dedicate what will henceforth be known as the “Immortal Bridge,” which arcs over the railroad tracks where the accident occurred. Green lampposts, green-and-gold paint and other markings will honor the 10 students who were killed there 90 years ago. The event is open to the public, and expected attendees include Baylor administrators, student leaders, and the spirit squads.
Sic ’em forever, Immortal Ten.