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Lavina Woolfley (b. ? - d. ?)
MSA SC 5496-8125
Fled from Slavery, Dorcester County, Maryland, 1857


Lavina Woolfley successfully escaped Dorchester County, Maryland in 1857 when she fled with six other slaves, including her husband, James Woolfley.  Lavina is known to have reached Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while James fled to Canada and wrote to her after their separation on the journey asking to join him.  Though little has yet been recovered about her life after escape, Woolfley is known to have been aided in Philadelphia by individuals connected with the Underground Railroad.

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