After a semicolon what follows isn't capitalized like at the beginning of a sentence. However, what if it were? Would that be incorrect?

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Proper nouns are always capitalized, even if they follow a semicolon; that is true for adjectives derived from proper nouns, when they are normally capitalized.

The "rules" about capitalizing a word after a semicolon are not different from the "rules" about capitalizing a word after a comma.

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    yup, a semicolon is basically a special kind of comma.
    – jsj
    Apr 9, 2011 at 7:03

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