PLAINVIEW, Texas (KCBD) — If a picture is worth a thousand words, museums say it all. Construction is underway for the highly anticipated Flying Queens Museum. The museum will be free to the public.
“It’s perfect now, to have something in Plainview, where it all started,” said Gary Vaughn, executive director of marketing at Wayland Baptist University.
The museum commemorates the Wayland Baptist University women’s basketball team and coaches and the future they forged for women’s basketball.
Former players, coaches and fans have come together to fund the Hutcherson Flying Queen Foundation museum.
“In the 1940s and 1950s, and long before Title IX, we gave scholarships to women to come and play basketball!” Vaughn said.
Wayland’s female coaches have had a lasting impact, setting new standards for women’s basketball, making the women’s game more equal to the men’s.
“Before, you could only go half-court, and our coaches at the time were fighting for…rule changes! and they did!” Vaughn said.
The unique name comes from Harvest Mill Plant. The company sponsored the team and airlifted them so they were better prepared to play.
Dreams of a worthy Queens memorial have been on the way since the team entered the Hall of Fame in 2019.
Every aspect of the museum is carefully and carefully measured, with the people of Plainview working hard to make it happen.
When visitors enter the museum, they walk on the hardwood floor as if they were on the basketball court. Above the head is a 3D airplane hovering in time. LED sensor lights come on as you walk through the halls of the museum, illuminating the way through history.
“And it will tell stories from the side of the wall of coaches and players who made a difference,” Vaughn said.
At the entrance to the showroom, automatic doors open for a grand entrance. In the center are the Naismith Hall of Fame trophy and jackets.
This innovative museum pays homage to those who built that legacy, but it’s about something much bigger. It’s about showcasing the heart and heritage of Plainview, Texas.
An immeasurable legacy, eternal lessons. The Flying Queens are alive and that’s something to be proud of.
Plainview faces the future while honoring the past.
The museum is expected to open in 2023.
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