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The Alabama League of Municipalities represents and provides support services to Alabama's cities and towns.
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.
Sewell’s comments, made on social media, came on the holiday amid protests in Alabama and elsewhere over the death of George Floyd.