“Is there a chance that maybe 30 years has softened a man’s heart?” Begnaud asked.
“Have you ever seen a leopard change his spots,” she replied.
But Evelyn’s son Albert Jr. sees things differently now. He’s now a commissioner in Perry County, serving in a building dedicated to his dad. He thinks there’s a balance to Sessions’ record on race.
“I know Jeff Sessions prosecuted a white Ku Klux Klan, sought the death penalty and got it for the killing of an African American,” he said.
“I never saw indications he had a racist attitude or disdain for African American people or other minorities.”
In the case of Jeff Sessions, the Turner family remains divided.
“My son says I should forgive him. I say I might forgive him in order to go to heaven, but I will never ever forget as long as I stay black. And I don’t see no chance of me turning white,” Evelyn said.