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The BLACK LIVES MATTER street painting came together in less than two days.
Birmingham took down the obelisk a day after protesters tried to remove the monument themselves.
Crews were expected to return later Tuesday to finish removing the monument.
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin appealed for calm in a city known for civil rights demonstrations that turned violent in the 1960s when segregationist officials used dogs and fire hoses on protesters.
After a week of stoking fires and calling for looting and ignoring curfews, Birmingham organizer Carlos Chaverst Jr. may have finally crossed the thin line...
The council voted 7-0 in favor.
Mayor Woodfin said the end of the requirement doesn't mean citizens need to become complacent.
Dine-in restaurants, bars, salons and gyms could reopen Monday — with rules on crowd limits and cleaning.