Wells Fargo Unveils New Emeryville Branch History Mural, Provides Grants to Community Organizations

Published On August 6, 2019 | By Rob Arias | Community, In the Neighborhood

Wells Fargo celebrated the grand opening of its new Bridge Center branch on 40th street in Emeryville today. Bank leaders presented a $2,500 grant to the Emeryville Historical Society, a nonprofit that works to preserve and illuminate the rich history of Emeryville through exhibits and research. The fund will help the Emeryville Historical Society’s team continue their work in serving as an instrumental player in capturing the local history and publishing the Journal of the Emeryville Historical Society newsletter.


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Unveiling of the #Emeryville History mural at the new #WellsFargo branch on 40th St. Thank you @wellsfargo for your support! ??

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Wells Fargo also donated $20,000 to Operation Dignity to support their work in aiding the most vulnerable adults and children experiencing homelessness in Alameda County, including veterans and people living in encampments. The Emeryville-based nonprofit provides shelter and housing to 100 veterans and their families on a given night. They frequently partner with local affordable housing providers to conduct mobile street outreach and offer supportive services to help families maintain their housing over the long term.

Operation Dignity Development Manager Katie Derrig accepted a check from the Wells Fargo Community Grant Program for $20,000.

Wells Fargo also unveiled a new mural celebrating the history of the community. The design centers on the themes of small business and industry, and includes images of the Remar Bakery building on Adeline and 46th, the former East Bay Auto Camp at San Pablo and 48th, and the construction of the Bay Bridge. The mural also features local residents, including US Army Air Forces Second Lieutenant Arthur Wong Jr., champion jockey Alonzo “Lonnie” Clayton, WWII-era Paraffine Paint Company employees, and Oakland Oaks baseball players.

Images were provided by the Emeryville Historical Society, the Oakland Museum of California, the California State Library, and the Library of Congress. Our partnership with the Emeryville Historical Society is one of the first public uses of the historical society’s photographic archive.


Wells Fargo is committed to opening branches where our customers live and work. Through our Community Mural program, some branches feature murals that respect the history of local communities. Since the company is committed to strengthening local communities, we are glad to present a donation to a local community organization.

Emeryville Historical Society co-founder Nancy Smith (third from right) accepted a check from Wells Fargo for $2500.

“The branch opening reaffirms Wells Fargo’s long-standing commitment to meet our customers’ financial needs. Given the importance of face-to-face conversations, this branch and the bankers will play an important role in strengthening our relationship with the community,” said Wells Fargo’s Mid Valley Bay Region Bank President Christina Pels-Martinez.

“We have enjoyed working with Wells Fargo on this project. We hope this mural will help to promote and publicize the Emeryville Historical Society, especially our large collection of historical photographs dating back to the nineteenth century,” said Don Hausler, co-founder and president of the Emeryville Historical Society.

The mural contains historical Emeryville figures including Oaks player Artie Wilson and jockey Lonnie Clayton.

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is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

2 Responses to Wells Fargo Unveils New Emeryville Branch History Mural, Provides Grants to Community Organizations

  1. Paul Burnett says:

    Meanwhile, the closed Wells Fargo branch at the far end of Powell Street Plaza remains closed, and the parking lot for the Wells Fargo branch at Christie and Powell is a pot-holed nightmare with illegible to invisible space markings.

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