On Monday, December 9, a Wells Fargo Bank in Washington, D.C. revealed an LGBT mural that honors major LGBT events and icons, including legendary activist Frank Kameny, lesbian photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston, and the 1979 National March for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
The mural is the second of its kind in a Wells Fargo bank, and more locations are scheduled for the future. According to Kristy Marshall, Assistant Vice President of Mid-Atlantic Corporate Communications, the first of the murals is in a San Francisco Wells Fargo, which was unveiled on November 26.
Located on a wall near the bank’s entrance, the mural depicts a view of Castro and 18th Streets in 1932, gay rights activist and drag performer Jose Sarria, the SF Gay Men’s Chorus, the landmark Castro Theatre, and activists Del Martin, Phyllis Lyon, John Burnside and Harry Hay.
“Wells Fargo is proud to serve the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco,” said Tracy Curtis, president of Wells Fargo San Francisco market, regarding the Castro mural. “With the unveiling of this community mural, we are celebrating the history of the Castro and honoring the individuals who played key roles in shaping the community.”
The Castro, originally a Scandinavian and Irish working-class neighborhood, became the largest LGBT community in the United States during the second half of the twentieth century. Curtis, who spearheaded the idea for the San Francisco mural, believed it was important to honor LGBT history in order to more closely align with customers and the neighborhood businesses.
In the near future, other Wells Fargo branches across the country will follow suit and unveil their own LGBT-themed murals.
“In addition to the one at the DeSoto store in Washington, D.C. and in San Francisco, we have one in New York, unveiling tomorrow, and a final one in Wilton Manors, Florida that will be installed in 2014,” Marshall told 429Magazine.