First Black Female Master Plumber in the United States

Women’s History Month is a wonderful time to celebrate women and their achievements and Kokesh Plumbing would like to celebrate Adrienne Bennett this year. Adrienne Bennett is the first black female master plumber in the United States, CEO of her own contracting company and an indomitable spirit that overcame racism and sexism to become the woman she is today.


She started her apprenticeship at age 22, she overcame harassment from other plumbers that didn’t think she was capable of doing the work it takes to become a plumber, but she kept at it and in 1987 became a master plumber- a first in the United States.

After working as a journeyman plumber, a master plumber, project manager, plumbing inspector and a code enforcement officer for the city of Detroit, she now runs her own commercial plumbing and water conservation company with her son.

Happy Women’s History Month!