You’d probably recognize Wendell Pierce as Detective Bunk Moreland on the HBO series The Wire, and all of those years spent shooting in Baltimore have left their mark not only on his career, but also his personal life. Alongside a few of his fellow Wire co-stars (including Sonja Sohn, who played Detective Kima Greggs), Pierce has invested in a $20 million apartment complex in Baltimore as part of a job creation initiative in the city. As reported by Fusion:
A portion of the apartments in the building will be offered to Baltimore artists at a discounted rate, Pierce said. Artists living in the building will also have the opportunity to feature their artwork in the building’s galleries. And Baltimore residents will make up a portion of the construction team hired for the apartment project.”They’re not going to be the entire workforce, but we wanted to put together a jobs program for people from the community,” Pierce said.
This isn’t the first time that Pierce has given back to a community after filming in its city. He re-teamed with Wire creator David Simon for Treme, taking place in New Orleans in the months after Hurricane Katrina. It was a more personal project for Pierce—he grew up in New Orleans, and his childhood neighborhood of Pontchartrain Park was devastated during the storm—but he’s also invested funds to rebuild much of the damage left in the storm’s wake.
By Tyler Coates