Facebook co-founder, CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicks-off nationwide tour with visit to Alabama

Mark Zuckerberg in Alabama
[Photo Credit: Mark Zuckerberg]

The founder of Facebook made a special visit to Alabama over the weekend.

Mark Zuckerberg, 32, passed through the Yellowhammer State a road trip across the country as part of a challenge to visit all 50 states with his wife Priscilla Chan. This week they’re touring the South.

While in the Yellowhammer State, the couple spent their time eating shrimp, listening to stories from local business owners, fishermen, oyster farmers on Saturday, and even taking attending a local church service in downtown Mobile on Sunday. They also watched the Mobile Mardi Gras parade and talked to families affected by the BP oil spill and Hurricane Katrina.

“We had lunch with Dominick Ficarino, a fourth generation shrimper, and workers from the local fishing business right on the dock… One of the families we met were the Zirlotts — they run an oyster farm and are succeeding by using Facebook and Instagram to show their product directly to chefs,” the digital media mogul said on his personal Facebook page.

He concluded, “We are all part of many communities. The strength of these local communities is what makes up our social fabric and that’s what enables us to come together as a global community as well.”

On Monday, Zuckerberg continued his ventures in Selma where he checked out the Selma Time-Journal building.

Zuckerberg’s US-trip has many across the country scratching their heads, asking themselves once again if the media mogul is gearing up for a 2020 presidential run against incumbent President Donald Trump.

Zuckerberg shot down similar rumors in late January, saying he’s “focused on building our community at Facebook and working on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative,” which funds science and education.

Only time will tell if that sticks.


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