Maryland Humanities Chief Executive Officer Selected for Truth and Reconciliation Committee

December 7, 2023

(Baltimore, MD) – The Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission (MLTRC) recently appointed Lindsey Baker, Chief Executive Officer at Maryland Humanities, to the position of Commissioner. MLTRC is the country’s “first Commission dedicated to investigating racial terror lynchings in the United States,” according to a MLTRC press release. The independent Commission invites Marylanders to share what they believe reconciliation looks like.

Created in 2019 through House Bill 307, MLTRC conducts research and holds “public meetings and regional hearings where a lynching of an African American by a white mob has been documented,” according to its website.  Baker joins seventeen other commissioners.

Baker has worked for fifteen years as an action-oriented, non-profit leader whose work has always been firmly grounded in community engagement, racial equity, transparency, and inclusivity. Prior to becoming the Chief Executive Officer of Maryland Humanities, Baker served as the Executive Director of Patapsco Heritage Greenway and spent nearly a decade as the Executive Director of the Laurel Historical Society. Baker has served on the Maryland 250 Commission and currently serves on the Federation for State Humanities Councils’ Racial Equity Committee.

“I am honored to join the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” says Baker. “Its critical work will create a more equitable Maryland and reflect a necessarily honest portrayal of our state’s history.”

MLTRC receives support from Maryland State Archives and the Maryland Office of the Attorney General.

Press Release