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Joel Zemel

Joel Zemel resides and works in Halifax. He was awarded the prestigious 2016 John Lyman Book Award (U.S.A.) in the category of Canadian Naval and Maritime History for his book Scapegoat, an in-depth examination of the legal proceedings following the 1917 Halifax Explosion. He was the historical and design consultant for Canada Post Corporation's stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion and is included in HRM Archives's "List of Professional Researchers."

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Recent Work by Joel

<b>HalifaxYesterday</b>: Carrie M. Best - Journalist, Publisher and Human Rights Advocate <b>(6 photos)</b>

HalifaxYesterday: Carrie M. Best - Journalist, Publisher and Human Rights Advocate (6 photos)

Carrie Best (1903-2001) knew all too well about the damaging effects of racist policies
<b>HalifaxYesterday: </b> Solving the Mysteries of Halifax Explosion Photographs <b>(11 photos)</b>

HalifaxYesterday: Solving the Mysteries of Halifax Explosion Photographs (11 photos)

I believe it is safe to say with a high degree of certainty that numerous unsolved mysteries surrounding the 6 December 1917 Halifax Explosion still exist
<b>HalifaxYesterday</b> : James Robinson Johnston, Barrister At Law <b>(9 photos)</b>

HalifaxYesterday : James Robinson Johnston, Barrister At Law (9 photos)

James Robinson Johnston was the first Black person from Nova Scotia to earn a Bachelor of Letters degree, the first to graduate from any university, and the first to practice law in Nova Scotia
<b>HalifaxYesterday</b> : The 1915 Artillery Shelling of Lucknow Street <b>(5 photos)</b>

HalifaxYesterday : The 1915 Artillery Shelling of Lucknow Street (5 photos)

People reported hearing a whistling sound just before the shell landed atop a Victorian-style double house in the South End
<b>HalifaxYesterday</b> : The Zoological Garden of Andrew Downs

HalifaxYesterday : The Zoological Garden of Andrew Downs

In 1847 Halifax, one man’s vision of opening a zoological garden became a reality
<b>HalifaxYesterday</b> : An RMS Titanic Mystery: The Rabbi Who Wasn’t

HalifaxYesterday : An RMS Titanic Mystery: The Rabbi Who Wasn’t

A photograph exists wherein three men are seen standing in Baron deHirsch cemetery at the just completed gravesites for ten Titanic victims
<b>HalifaxYesterday</b> : The Capitol Theatre

HalifaxYesterday : The Capitol Theatre

Formerly located at the foot of Spring Garden Road and Barrington Street, going to the Capitol was like stepping back in time to roam through an ancient castle
<b>HalifaxYesterday</b> : Master John Jones, RN

HalifaxYesterday : Master John Jones, RN

John Jones was born in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
<b>HalifaxYesterday</b> : Walter G. MacLaughlan - Photographer and Filmmaker

HalifaxYesterday : Walter G. MacLaughlan - Photographer and Filmmaker

In the days and weeks following the 1917 Halifax Explosion, MacLaughlan was given full access to the areas of devastation
<b>HalifaxYesterday</b>: The Royal Naval College of Canada <b>(8 photos)</b>

HalifaxYesterday: The Royal Naval College of Canada (8 photos)

This column is devoted to featuring brief introductions to people, places and things of interest but mostly forgotten by time
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