The True Tale of Long Island’s Migrant Labor Camps

Book cover of "Dust for Blood" by Mark Torres.

On Friday, April 9, at 7 p.m., East End libraries and Southampton History Museum will present a virtual visit with Mark Torres, author of “Long Island Migrant Camps: Dust for Blood.”

“Long Island Migrant Labor Camps: Dust for Blood” (Arcadia Publishing), tells the true account of the migrant labor camps in Suffolk County from their inception during World War II, through their heyday in 1960, and culminating with their steady decline towards the end of the 20th century.

The book’s author, Mark Torres, will talk about the dark history of the camps including the human suffering of its inhabitants; the cause and effect of the camps; and the factors which led to their eventual decline. Torres will also cover the heroic efforts of those who were critics of the camps and fought to improve the lives of migrant workers on the East End of Long Island during this time period.

To register for the program, visit or your library’s website.