Facebook CEO visits Selma during tour of Alabama

Published 10:41 pm Monday, February 20, 2017

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited Selma on Monday afternoon as part of a road trip across America.

This weekend, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla  Chan started a goal to visit all 50 states in Mobile and posted a photo on Facebook on Monday from outside The Selma Times-Journal holding a copy of Sunday’s edition of the Times-Journal.

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“Today Priscilla and I stopped by some local newspapers as we drove through Alabama. The folks there were working hard over President’s Day weekend to keep their communities informed,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook profile.

In the post, he thanked journalists for the work they do.

“It seems like a good time to say thank you to all the journalists around the world who work tirelessly and sometimes put their lives in danger to surface the truth,” he wrote. “I don’t always agree with everything you say, but that’s how democracy is supposed to work. I know I join many people in America and across the world in thanking you for your work.”

Zuckerberg, the fifth richest person in the world, launched Facebook in 2004 from dormitory rooms at Harvard University.

Zuckerberg and his wife were spotted over the weekend at Wintzell’s Oyster House in Mobile and Dominck’s Seafood in Bayou La Batre.

The couple also visited Aimell Baptist Church, attended a Mardi Gras parade and were seen at Haberdasher bar on Dauphin Street.

On Monday, they continued their road trip and had lunch at Jackson’s Fried Chicken in Camden before coming to Selma.